Recent reports in the media about the presence of a chromium plume in the regional Pajarito Plateau aquifer has led to some confusion and misinformation about the safety of the drinking water in the Los Alamos community.
This joint statement by the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is to provide assurances to the public that the drinking water in Los Alamos County is safe and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act standards.
These wells are highly monitored by Los Alamos County and the Department of Energy. The County works closely with the Department of Energy on their actions to address the plume. There is no contamination of chromium in any drinking water production wells.
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and the public is always welcome. Note, that the December 2017 meeting has been moved to Monday, Dec. 11, due to scheduling conflicts. The DPU is funded by rates paid for electric, gas, water and wastewater services and auxiliary fees, and has provided the community with these services for more than 50 years. CustomerCare@lacnm.us |505.662.8333 | www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/UTILITIES.