Public Works Department

317 W. Broadway
Mountainair, NM 87036

Phone: 505-847-2559


Gas or Water Leak: 505-847-2321 or 505-847-2559

Public Works Supervisor: Carl Archuleta 505-464-0320
Public Works: Daniel Archuleta 505-302-4545
Public Works: Todd Pohl 505-440-9467
Public Works: Dimitri Kayser 505-227-9516


Natural Gas System

Natural Gas Safety - DO'S

  • Smell a sulfur-like, rotten egg odor? DO leave the area and call our emergency number at 505-847-2559 or 505-847-2321 or dial 911 immediately.
  • See a line of brown, dry grass (in an otherwise moist area)? DO call our emergency number at  505-847-2559 or 505-847-2321.
  • DO keep the area around your gas meter clear of weeds and debris.
  • DO check all of your outdoor appliance exhausts year round to make sure they are clear.
  • DO install a carbon monoxide detector, and make sure to regularly test it.
  • DO keep your furnace healhty by changing your filter as required and doing regular checks 

Natural Gas Safety - DON'TS

  • If you smell natural gas, or if you hear or see signs of a gas leak, DO NOT attept to find the leak yourself. Instead, leave the area immediately and call our emergency number 505-847-2559 or 505-847-2321 or 911.
  • DO NOT open your windows if you smell natural gas in your home! Natural gas is combustible only when it makes up 5-15% of the air in a given space. By opening a window, you might actually make the area more unsafe.
  • DO NOT turn on/off any lights or appliances if you smell natural gas in your home or building.
  • DO NOT store flammable products in the same room/area as your furnace.
  • DO NOT keep combustible material or debris around or near your furnace. You should have a clear space around your furnace at all times.
  • DO NOT go near an area that has a sulfur-like, rotten egg odor.
  • DO NOT use your weed-whacker or lawn mower too close to your gas meter.
  • DO NOT tie your dog to your gas meter.
  • DO NOT uproot any trees or shrubs before calling 811. If you do plan on uprooting and trees or shrubs around your gas meter, please call Peoples first to make sure it is safe. Roots can easily become entangled with natural gas pipelines.

Natural Gas Safety - Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, nearly odorless gas that is deadly in high doses.

Not only is carbon monoxide highly toxic, it is also tasteless and invisible, which means that it is difficult to detect without a carbon monoxide detector. it is slightly lighter than air, which means that it tends to rise, and it is explosive. If left unchecked, a build-up of carbon monoxide poses a serious risk, including carbon monoxide poisoning. The following groups are more susceptible to carbon monoxide:

  • Expecting mothers: The fetus will actually experience the effects before the mother.
  • Infants: They have higher respiration rates.
  • People with a heart condition: The heart is the first major organ to be affected.
  • Smokers: Carbon monoxide is already present in the blood of smokers.

What happens in one hour of carbon monoxide exposure:

After being exposed to carbon monoxide for one hour, the symptoms progress rapidly based on how much carbon monoxide is in the air.

  • 200 parts per million (PPM): slight headache
  • 400 PPM: headache, drowsiness, nausea
  • 600 PPM: coma, brain damage

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

To learn how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, you should be aware of the most common causes of carbon monoxide:

  • Improper appliance installation

  • Lack of air (which prevents appliances from combusting and working properly)

  • Solid or liquid fuel-burning appliances, like a generator
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Improper venting
  • Barbequing inside a home
  • Misusing a fuel-burning appliance

Make sure you:

  • Check for proper installation of appliances and vents.
  • Look for clues, like rust of carbon build-up.
  • In a natural gas fireplace, always check that gas logs are arranged so that the flame doesn't impinge on them.
  • Verify that vented gas logs are installed ONLY in an existing masonry fireplace, with the damper lock open.
  • Install a functioning CO detector in your home:

    • Check that the detector has been listed and approved
    • Install according to the manufacturer's instructions
    • Avoid installing the CO detector near kitchens, garage entrances, or bathrooms.
    • Everyday household cleaning products can cause CO detectors to malfunction
    • Always follow recommended maintenance

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptons:

If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately and move to where you can breathe fresh air.

There are some early warning signs of an increased level of carbon monoxide:

  • Condensation: Excessive moisture on walls, rafters, floors, and glass surfaces can be a sign of CO.
  • Dead or dying house plants: The lack of oxygen from high CO levels can affect the growth of fragile house plants.
  • Lethargic pets: Most often, CO will affect small pets faster than humans.
  • Aldehydes: Quite often, an aldehyde smell is associated with the presence of CO, but not always.

Symptoms: Low to Medium Exposure

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Poor coordination

Symptoms: High Exposure

  • Severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Vomitting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma
  • Death

What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

  • Known as "carboxyhemoglobin," carbon monoxide poisoning is the poisoning of the blood due to carbon monoxide.
  • CO is transferred to the blood through the lungs as you breath.
  • CO bonds to the hemoglobin in blood, and reduces the blood's ability to transport oxygen through the body.
  • CO is 200 times more attracted to blood than oxygen.

Treating Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: 

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Breathe fresh air
  • High flow of oxygen (administered on site by EMS)
  • Hyperbaric chamber (administered at the hospital)



Water System


Consumer Confidence Report 2018

Consumer Confidence Report 2019

Consumer Confidence Report 2020

Consumer Confidence Report 2021

The Town water system is considered Critical Infrastructure Sector by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Tampering with any component of our water system is a crime (ordinance 9-1-20) and is punishable with a fine of up to $500 (ordinance 9-1-21A.)

CISA website

Wastewater System

The Town wastewater/sewer system is considered Critical Infrastructure Sector by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Tampering with any component of our wastewater/sewer system is a crime (ordinance 9-2-6) and punishable with a fine of up to $500 (ordinance 9-2-8A.)

CISA website

WATER and/or GAS leaks
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Regular Meetings

Town Council: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 6:00 pm, Council Meeting Room, located at 109 N. Roosevelt, Mountainair, NM 87036

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