Household Water Quality in Rural Southern New Mexico


Miscellaneous Report

Date published

July 2017


Erin M. Ward

Christopher P. Brown

Hugo L. Rojas


The objective of this three‐year study was to test the levels of health‐related contaminants in private, domestic wells in New Mexico’s U.S.‐Mexico border region. Conducted during the final years of an extended drought, the study highlighted research that found concentrations of contaminants in groundwater may rise during periods of drought. As a deliverable, the project provided healthcare professionals with maps estimating the concentrations of several known contaminants found in each of four border aquifers, based on tested well samples.

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