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2018 Drinking Water Lead and Copper Testing

Interested volunteers, please complete and submit the form below before Sunday, May 6, 2018, 11:59 p.m..

Lead and copper enter the water supply through plumbing materials.  Pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act and the 40 CFR, Part 141 Subpart I, the Lead and Copper Rule requires water providers to monitor lead and copper levels every three years at a certain percentage of customers' homes. 

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be conducting the next lead and copper test the week of June 4, 2018. Therefore, DPU is seeking 30 customer volunteers to partake in this sampling.  The requirements are as follows:

  • Home is a single family residence
  • Home was built prior to 1983
  • Home contains copper piping with lead solder

Sampling requires selected volunteers to fill a provided bottle with water from an internal faucet.  DPU will pick up the water sample and have it tested at no cost to the customer volunteer.  Lead and copper levels will be provided in July.   

Selected volunteers will be notified the week of May 7, 2018.

Thank you,
James Alarid
Deputy Utility Manager for Engineering
(505) 663-3420
james.alarid@lacnm.us

If you would like to be considered for this year’s lead and copper testing, please complete the following information by Sunday, May 6, 2018, 11:59 PM:

2018 Lead and Copper Water Testing Volunteer Form

 NAME:

PHONE #:

EMAIL ADDRESS:

ADDRESS:

HOME IS A SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE?

HOME WAS BUILT PRIOR TO 1983?

HOME CONTAINS COPPER PIPING WITH LEAD SOLDER?

Selected volunteers will need to draw the first water sample of the morning on the test date and leave the samples on the front porch for DPU staff to collect. 
I WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THIS TASK DURING THE WEEK OF JUNE 4TH.

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LONG-RANGE WATER SUPPLY PLAN - FUTURE OF OUR WATER

The future of our water supply is contingent on future population, conservation measures, water rights, and risks to the supply.

In 2006, a comprehensive assessment, analysis and projection of future water demands were documented in the Long-range Water Supply Plan. It was approved by the Board of Public Utilities and adopted by the County Council in August 2006.

In 2015, DPU began a process to revise this Plan to reflect current population and water demand projections, evaluate potential climate change impacts, and assess various water supply options, including the timing for development of the County's San Juan-Chama water rights. 

2017 REVISIONS


A public meeting to share the October 2017 Revised Long-range Water Supply Plan is scheduled for:

         Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 6PM
         Council Chambers,
         1000 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM

The Plan is scheduled to be approved by the Board of Public Utilities on Monday, December 11th.  If approved, the Plan will proceed to the County County Council for adoption.

Earlier 2017 Revisions:
The following Revised Long-Range Water Supply Plan dated March 2017, was rejected by the Los Alamos County Council on March 21, 2017.  (County Council-Regular Session 03.21.17 video)
   
2017 Revised Long-range Water Supply Plan
2017 Figures
2017 Tables

WATER RIGHTS

Total water rights available to the water production system as determined by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer amount to 5,541.3 acre-feet/year. Additionally, Los Alamos has a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for 1,200 acre-feet of water per year from the San Juan/Chama transmountain diversion project. The San Juan/Chama surface water has never been used in Los Alamos.

WATER SOURCE

The water source for Los Alamos comes from groundwater pumped by twelve wells, which tap the main aquifer under the Pajarito Plateau, part of the Santa Fe formation. Our system has wellhead protection in place and we treat the water with a purification system called MIOX.

WHAT’S IN OUR WATER

Download a copy of DPU’s 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report.