Belen Water System Failed to Correct Significant Deficiencies Within Required Time Frame.
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Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and Although we did not meet our deadline, we are now in consultation with the state to develop a corrective action plan to correct this situation.
A routine sanitary survey conducted on May 18, 2021, by the New Mexico Environment Department-Drinking Water Bureau (NMED DWB) found: Air relief valves not screened, cross-connections present, Inadequate construction at well, & storage facility subject to erosion
As required by Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Ground Water Rule, we were required to correct these deficiencies. However, we failed to take this action by the deadline established by the NMED DWB.
What should I do?
• There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
• If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe DrinkingWater Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours.
Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
What is being done?
All deficiencies are corrected and those not corrected at this time are awaiting material. We anticipate resolving the problem by January 11th, 2022 (or the problem was resolved on October31’t, 2022)
For more information, please contact:
Ralph Jaramillo at 505-966-2752
Belen Water System, NM3524932
Belen, NM 87002
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.