We just learned that on 9/25/2014 & 9/26/2014 -- The New Mexico Environment Department will offer free water testing for Carlsbad, New Mexico residents who have private water wells on their property between the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM on Thursday and again on Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 3 PM.

Where to go:  New Mexico Environment Department Field Office located at 406 N. Guadalupe, Suite C, in Carlsbad.

What to do:  Officials would greatly prefer that residents stop in to pick up specialized water test sample collection bottles for use when collecting well water samples.  Use of the recommended containers helps to better guarantee more accurate test results -- especially for the bacteria test.

Submitted drinking water samples will get tested for E. Coli bacteriaflourideiron, and nitrates.

If you live in the Carlsbad, New Mexico area and would like additional information on this free water testing program, officials request that you call call the environment department at 575-885-9023.

What if we do not live in Carlsbad, NM and want to have our well water tested?

First, we suggest contacting your local health department and/or department of environmental conservation and asking them if they have any discounted testing available or if they can recommend a local laboratory certified to test drinking and well water.

If that fails, then a company such as National Testing Labs has certifications to test drinking water in most states and offers a variety of mail-in water testing services.

National Testing Labs Well Water Check