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Alerts and Hazard Warnings

Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances Detected in Cannon Air Force Base Groundwater

October 2018 - Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are chemicals that have been detected in groundwater on and off base at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. These are emerging chemicals that may be associated with health ailments. A news release regarding this matter is available from New Mexico Environment Department at

Learn the basics about PFCs/PFAS, Drinking Water, and Private Wells from these resources available on the NM EPHT website:

Perfluorinated Compounds and Health

Private Wells

Private Wells Treatment

Private Wells Testing

Water Hauling

Health Department Urges New Mexicans Near Recent Fires to Be Prepared for Flooding

June 2018 - The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents prepare for flooding, especially near areas with burn scars from wildfires. Wildfire-related burn scars are charred, barren strips of land annihilated by the fire where, without vegetation, nothing remains to hold the land in place when rainfall comes. New Mexico residents in these areas should be prepared for significant rainfall and possible flash flooding. Those with private wells need to make sure the well is protected before floods and need know what to do if the well head becomes immersed with rushing waters.
Resources for Well Owners
Health Protection During Wildfires
NMDOH News Alerts

Wildland Fires, Smoke and Air Quality

June 2018 - Throughout spring, summer and often autumn, there will be several alerts for smoke from both wildland fires, prescribed burns, and sometimes alerts related to industrial or structure fires that produce smoke. You can get information for these and what to do when it is smoky here:
NM EPHT Newsroom
Wildland Activity
Health Protection During Wildfires
NMDOH News Alerts
NM Fire Updates

A Drinking Water Advisory is issued by the New Mexico Environment Department's Drinking Water Bureau when a public water system has a violation for exceeding the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for a chemical contaminant, such as nitrate. A Boil Water Advisory is issued if a public water system has or is expected to have microbiological contamination, such as E. coli. Those advisories are lifted when the public water system's water testing results once again meet the drinking water quality standard. Learn more about What to Do When You Get a Boil Water Advisory Notice.

More information:

Learn more about New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau Boil Water Advisories.

More information about community water systems:

Protect Your Health

Learn more about water quality and health.
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Content updated: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:46:10 MDT