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What we do: POWRANM brings Onsite Wastewater Professionals in New Mexico into contact with resources, opportunities and information. At POWRA we strive to improve our industry. Our members also are members of NOWRA, with whom we are affiliated nationally and we also work closely with NAWT to bring professional credential education to New Mexico. 

Join POWRA and automatically become a member of the National Association,  NOWRA :  POWRA is a NOWRA affiliate. Your membership in POWRA automatically makes you a member of the National association. Visit: or click the NOWRA LINK in the resource box at the right for more information and for member All members, remember to visit Your names will soon be on the NOWRA "Septic Locator" and you can enjoy the benefits of the POWRANM/NOWRA membership and discounts through the NOWRA website.

JOIN US, by clicking the 'Join us" at the left of this page. You can enter data about yourself and pay for your membership by credit card or simply print out an invoice and mail a check to the association. Membership is renewable annually, on your anniversary date of joining.

POWRA offers periodic Continuing Education classes for NAWT professional certifications : watch this POWRANM site for upcoming classes in New Mexico:



GOVERNOR LUJAN GRISHAM  issues "Septic Smart Week in New Mexico" proclamation: September  16th-20th  


WHEREAS proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health, preserving our 
highly valued groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways; to avoid costly repairs that can result from septic neglect; and

WHEREASnearly 190,000 septic systems in New Mexico treat nearly  57,000,000  gallons of wastewater from homes
and businesses, and


WHEREAS,  wastewater professionals from the State of New Mexico use their expertise in the design, installation, 
maintenance and regulation of septic systems in New Mexico; and


WHEREAS,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SepticSmart program used by New Mexico health officials

educates homeowners about the need for proper septic system use and routine maintenance; and 

 residents and the environment of New Mexico benefit from properly designed, installed, operated and maintained septic systems: 


NOW  THEREFORE,  I, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor of the State of New Mexico, do hereby proclaim
September 16th-20th, 2019 as:  


"SepticSmart Week in New Mexico"

 throughout the State of New Mexico.

done at the Executive Office this 23rd day of August, 2019



Click for the New Mexico Environment Department Liquid Waste Website for permit searches, permit applications, rules & regulations, approved products and other resources. Link here and in the resource box to the right of this page.

Contractors, Realtors or Homeowners, for questions about an onsite wastewater system, regulation changes, or transfer inspection reports, Contact POWRA President Ralph Baker Dotson or CEO Eugene Bassett

Transfer of Property Inspection Report Forms. Here is a link to the new forms. Please note  page 2  asks for the septic pumpers CERTIFICATION NUMBER. Please make sure you are using a Certified Septic Pumper.
Homeowners & Realtors,make sure you have a properly licensed contractor when having contract work performed. Always verify the name of the company with the name on the license. See the link to Construction Industries to verify contractor information. Also, when having your septic tank pumped,make sure you hire a Certified Septic Pumper. It is required under the Liquid Waste Regulations that all septic pumpers be certified. You can check the link in the resource box at right to the NM Environment Department for a list of Certified Septic Pumpers. Make sure that your septic tank is completely emptied and cleaned properly. Always make sure that both compartments have been properly emptied on all two compartment septic tanks.

Click the Construction Industries Division(CID) website to search for a Licensed Contractor (see link in resource box at the right). Here is a link to the Liquid Waste Permit Application.

LET US HEAR FROM YOU. If you are an onsite wastewater professional, installer, inspector, service provider, manufacturer or distributor, we would love to hear from you about any concerns or suggestions as to how the association might be of assistance to you. Click the "contact us" bar at the left and send us a message.Remember, this is your industry and you should have a say so in it!

SEE POWRA RECOGNITION ON THE COVER OF INSTALLER MAGAZINE!! For the POWRA Septic tank giveaway program click this link to see the cover :

A certification class for wastewater professionals at the Continuing Education Conference Center of the University of New Mexico:

click here to see more pictures.

To JOIN POWRA-NM or rejoin as a new membership, you may click the bar above that says 'Join us"and register as a member online, or for a hard copy to print out of the application/invitation to join, click here.


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