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Local water co-op doing quality tests


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The Berrendo Cooperative Water Users Association is conducting regularly scheduled, state-required testing for lead and copper.

Office Manager Elizabeth Niece said that the association is required by the New Mexico Environment Department to test for lead and copper every three years, so the association chose at random 20 of its users and requested that they submit samples from their households, along with some required information about the age of the house and type of plumbing.
“We are just making sure that our water is safe and that our customers are being very well taken care of,” Niece said.
Niece said that the testing must be completed by Sept. 30, so the association mailed out form letters during the past few weeks asking some of its members to turn in a sample from their home and the completed form.

The association will be required to test for lead and copper again in 2020, Niece said.
The New Mexico Environment Department’s website indicates that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established the lead and copper regulations for community drinking water supplies. An EPA memo on the website indicates that periodic testing is needed to determine whether corrosion in water distribution lines or household plumbing is leading to lead and copper contamination.
A 2016 report available from the Environment Department database indicates that Berrendo Cooperative’s September 2014 tests showed no violations for lead or copper levels. The report also listed no violations for other contaminants tested for in 2014 and later years.

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