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Alerts and Hazard Warnings

Be Prepared for Wildland Fires and Smoke

Alerts for smoke from wildland fires and prescribed burns will be issued throughout spring, summer and autumn. See the NMDOH News Alerts for details.

Learn what to do when it is smoky outside:Health Protection During Wildfires
Find out where fires are currently burning in the state: NM Fire Updates

Hot Summer Expected In New Mexico.

Be mindful of heat-related illness and know the signs to look out for yourself and others as temperatures are high this spring and summer. Through recent data analysis, the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Program has found that even though temperatures of 86 degrees Fahrenheit may not seem high, this is the temperature at which people start to go to the hospital for heat-related problems. On days above this temperature and especially on days in the high 90s and triple digits, the New Mexico Department of Health encourages everyone to take precautions such as drinking more water and limiting time outdoors. Find tips and information here:

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

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 and in surface water at Lake Holloman on Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico. These are emerging chemicals that may be associated with health ailments. See the NMDOH News Alerts for details. Learn the basics about PFCs/PFAS, Drinking Water, and Private Wells from these resources available on the NM EPHT website:

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:

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Content updated: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:05:19 MDT