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Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, a bill to ensure New Mexican communities have safe drinking water by making it a crime to lie to inspectors from the New Mexico Environment Department was signed by the Governor. House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), imposes criminal penalties for owners and operators of public water systems who lie to inspectors from the Department of the Environment.

"We have seen drinking water crises around the country, and even in areas of our own state. I am pleased that the Governor signed my legislation safeguarding clean drinking water for our families and communities so they can continue to thrive. People who are responsible for ensuring our water is safe now cannot lie and get away with it – and that will benefit the entire state for years to come,"said Rep. Nathan Small.

In previous years, incorrect data has threatened public health with the water crises in Flint, Michigan, and outside of Farmington, NM. House Democrats know the importance of protecting our most precious resources in New Mexico and are proud to advance policies to strengthen water protections into law.