While many of the water issues in New Mexico center around having an adequate supply of water, the quality of the water is just as important as the quantity in supplying water for drinking and other uses that rely on clean water. Protecting water quality is financially more feasible than conducting expensive cleanup programs. New Mexico has a strong interest in water quality regulation to protect public health and the environment and to minimize expenditures for mitigation of contaminated supplies. Water quality is a difficult subject to navigate; there is a complex web of statutes and agency involvement. This paper is intended to be a quick reference guide to an extremely complex topic.
Hilton, Joanne; Susan Kelly; James Hogan; Kimberly Kirby; and Jerry Schoeppner. "Water Quality Regulation." Water Matters! 2015, 1 (2015): 18-1-18-8. https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/utton_watermatters/vol2015/iss1/23
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