New Mexico Environment Department Engineering Support

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Project Brief

The Challenge

The New Mexico Environment Department is responsible for enforcing the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations in New Mexico and for managing and implementing a wide array of environmental health programs and initiatives. The availability of infrastructure funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided a historic opportunity to help many New Mexico communities, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. NMED selected ERG to provide additional workforce support for facilitating the disbursement of BIL funds and related activities.

ERG's Solution

ERG has been providing full-service engineering support to NMED’s Drinking Water Bureau and Construction Programs Bureau. For the state’s drinking water program, we conduct sanitary surveys of public water supplies, support water systems with reducing water loss, and help NMED develop lead service line inventories as the first critical step in identifying and removing remove lead lines. We are also working with NMED to help develop water reuse regulations and guidance. Our economists, policy analysts, and engineers are supporting research on innovative approaches to ensuring water security for the state in an uncertain future. We are also assisting NMED’s Construction Programs Bureau and the New Mexico Finance Authority (created by the New Mexico Legislature to finance infrastructure projects) with their Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs, reviewing preliminary engineering reports, bid documents, and plans and specifications for public water and wastewater system construction and improvements. We also review environmental documents, inspect construction sites, and provide general construction management assistance.


New Mexico Environment Department