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Posted on: January 24, 2019

Important Information about your Drinking Water


Espanola Water System Has Levels of Arsenic above Drinking Water Standards

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Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results we received show that our system exceeds the standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for arsenic. The standard for arsenic is 0.010mg/L. The average level of arsenic in samples taken during Third quarter 2018 was 0.011mg/L. The table below shows the dates, locations, and values detected:

Sample Location

Quarter & Year

RAA mg/L

Entry Point #1

(North Industrial Park Well#1)

Third Quarter 2018


What should I do?

 There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take 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.

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours. However, some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

What is being done?

Arsenic contamination is rarely due to human activity. At Well #1 we had the arsenic removal system media change out that took place on January 9, 2019 and has resolved the problem.

For more information, please contact:

Steven Trujillo

Water Department Operation Supervisor

405 N. Paseo De Onate


*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.

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