Rep. Nathan Small Helps Ensure Communities Have Clean Drinking Water

Rep. Nathan Small Helps Ensure Communities Have Clean Drinking Water

Santa Fe, NM – A bill to make it a crime to lie to the Environment Department passed today in the New Mexico House. HB 142 imposes criminal penalties for owners and operators of public water systems who lie to inspectors from the Department of the Environment. Currently, there are no penalties for lying to inspectors nor for tampering with devices or records.

“Protecting our public water systems so our communities have access to clean drinking water is essential. Turning on the tap shouldn’t endanger New Mexican’s health, and HB 142 helps keep our public water systems safe,” said Rep. Nathan Small.

Democrats know the importance of protecting our most precious resources in New Mexico. It is crucial to strengthen state protections for our air, land and water so the next generation of New Mexicans can thrive.

The bill now heads to the Senate.