Drinking water warning issued for area delivery system

CNJ staff

The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau has advised a “drinking water warning” be issued by the Desert Ranch Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association, located west of Clovis and north of Cannon Air Force Base.

The advisory was issued after Thursday tests revealed excessive nitrate amounts. According to a release from the environment department, the association has discontinued use of the contaminated well.

Consumers of water from the system are advised to use bottled water for drinking, preparing baby formula, and preparing food if at all possible.

High nitrate levels can interfere with the body’s ability to contain oxygen, and excessive nitrate levels can cause serious illness or death to infants younger than six months.

The association has about 50 service connections, and serves about 100 residents. Water supplied to adjacent areas by other water suppliers is not affected and not part of the advisory.