SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico has announced a water quality standard for outdoor recreation.

The state’s Division of Water Resources says outdoor water use is prohibited in all public areas except in designated swimming pools.

It’s part of a national effort to keep drinking water safe and clean.

The announcement was made Tuesday by DWR chief water officer Scott Mertens.

It’s a significant step for the state and a big step for people living in the state.

It was also a milestone in the fight against algae, which can cause algae blooms in the water.

The algae blooming causes water to get cloudy, which makes it difficult for fish and other aquatic life to swim.

DWR says it can cause headaches and other health problems.DWR says the algae bloomes occur in spring and summer months when algae bloams can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems.