Buckman Direct Diversion: Study shows Rio Grande pollutants at safe levels for drinking – The Santa Fe New Mexican

Posted by Trish Riley, November 15, 2010

Water flowing into the Rio Grande from canyons below Los Alamos National Laboratory won’t be a health risk when Santa Fe starts diverting river flows next year into the municipal drinking-water system, according to an independent analysis.

A draft report released in September by ChemRisk found that levels of 52 contaminants — including radioactive uranium particles and pharmaceuticals — are within federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards. The company was contracted by the joint city/county Buckman Direct Diversion board last year to review water-sample results taken between 2000 and 2010 by the lab, the state Environment Department and other sources.

Buckman Direct Diversion: Study shows Rio Grande pollutants at safe levels for drinking – The Santa Fe New Mexican.

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