EPA awards funds to prevent water pollution in New Mexico, US

The New Mexico Environment Department has secured a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the state’s water pollution control programme.

The $217,660 grant will help the US state prevent, mitigate and eliminate water pollution through monitoring, standard setting, enforcement and compliance activities.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said: “New Mexico has some of the nation's most important environmental resources, and its citizens know and value those resources better than anyone.

“That's why grants that empower states to protect their environment are so important.”

The Clean Water Act offers grants to water pollution control projects to develop and sustain water quality programmes that ensure the hygiene of the water bodies across the country.

The funds are granted under section 106 of the act.

EPA acting regional administrator Sam Coleman said: “This grant will help New Mexico protect its waterways from water pollution.

“Ensuring clean water is fundamental to not only our mission at EPA, but our state partners as well.”

The Clean Water Act focuses on restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters bodies of the country.

Several programmes under the act support monitoring, assessment, protection and prevention of polluted runoff in waterways.