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Eads Town of 2024 Drinking Water Quality Report

By Administrator

May 31, 2024

Covering Data For Calendar Year 2023

Public Water System ID: CO0131400

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We are pleased to present to you this year’s water quality report. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Please contact ROBIN FOX at 719-438-5590 with any questions or for public participation opportunities that may affect water quality.

General Information

All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More info1mation about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline ( 1-800-426-4791) or by visiting epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in dtinking water than the general population. Imrnunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV-AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk of infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. For more information about contaminants and potential health effects, or to receive a copy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and microbiological contaminants call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at ( 1-800-426-4791 ).

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants: viruses and bacteria that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants: salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides: may come from a variety of sources, such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.
  • Radioactive contaminants: can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
  • Organic chemical contaminants: including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and also may come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prescribes regulations limiting the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health.

Lead in Drinking Water

Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We are responsible for providing high quality drinking water and removing lead pipes, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components in your home. You share the responsibility for protecting yourself and your family from the lead in your home plumbing. You can take responsibility by identifying and removing lead materials within your home plumbing and taking steps to reduce your family’s risk. Before drinking tap water, flush your pipes for several minutes by running your tap, taking a shower, doing laundry or a load of dishes. You can also use a filter certified by an American National Standards Institute accredited certifier to reduce lead in drinking water. If you are concerned about lead in your water and wish to have your water tested, contact ROBIN FOX at 719-438-5590. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available at epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment may have provided us with a Source Water Assessment Report for our water supply. For general information or to obtain a copy of the report please visit wqcdcompliance.com/ccr. The report is located under “Guidance: Source Water Assessment Reports”. Search the table using our system name or ID, or by contacting ROBIN FOX at 719-438-5590. The Source Water Assessment Report provides a screening-level evaluation of potential contamination that could occur. It does not mean that the contamination has or will occur. We can use this infonnation to evaluate the need to improve our current water treatment capabilities and prepare for future contamination threats. This can help us ensure that quality finished water is delivered to your homes. In addition, the source water assessment results provide a starting point for developing a source water protection plan. Potential sources of contamination in our source water area are listed on the next page.

Please contact us to learn more about what you can do to help protect your drinking water sources, any questions about the Drinking Water Quality Report, to learn more about our system, or to attend scheduled public meetings. We want you, our valued customers, to be informed about the services we provide and the quality water we deliver to you every day.

Our Water Sources

Sources (Water Type - Source Type)

  • WELL NO 1 (Groundwater-Well)
  • WELL NO 2 (Groundwater-Well)
  • WELL NO 3 (Groundwater-Well)
  • WELL NO 4 (Groundwater-Well)
  • WELL 5 SHOP (Groundwater-Well)
  • WELL NO 6 DUNLAP WELL (Groundwater-Well)
  • WELL NO 7 GOLF COURSE DISCONN (Groundwater-Well)

Potential Source{s} of Contamination

EPA Chemical Inventory/Storage Sites, Aboveground, Underground and Leaking Storage Tank Sites, Existing/Abandoned Mine Sites, Other Facilities, Commercial/Industrial/Transportation, High Intensity Residential, Low Intensity Residential, Fallow, Small Grains, Pasture/ Hay, Evergreen Forest, Septic Systems, Oil/ Gas Wells, Road Miles

Terms and Abbreviations

  • Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.
  • Treatment Technique (TT) – A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
  • Health-Based – A violation of either a MCL or TT.
  • Non-Health-Based – A violation that is not a MCL or TT.
  • Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment and other regulatory requirements.
  • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
  • Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
  • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of a drinking water disinfectant, below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
  • Violation (No Abbreviation) – Failure to meet a Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulation.
  • Formal Enforcement Action (No Abbreviation) – Escalated action taken by the State (due to the risk to public health, or number or severity of violations) to bring a non-compliant water system back into compliance.
  • Variance and Exemptions (V/E) – Department permission not to meet a MCL or treatment technique under certain conditions.
  • Gross Alpha (No Abbreviation) – Gross alpha particle activity compliance value. It includes radium-226, but excludes radon 222, and uranium.
  • Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) – Measure of the radioactivity in water.
  • Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) – Measure of the clarity or cloudiness of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the typical person.
  • Compliance Value (No Abbreviation) – Single or calculated value used to determine ifregulatory contaminant level (e.g. MCL) is met. Examples of calculated values are the 901h Percentile, Running Annual Average (RAA) and Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA).
  • Average (x-bar) – Typical value.
  • Range (R) – Lowest value to the highest value.
  • Sample Size (n) – Number or count of values (i.e. number of water samples collected).
  • Parts per million = Milligrams per liter (ppm = mg/L) – One part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.
  • Parts per billion = Micrograms per liter (ppb = ug/L) – One part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.
  • Not Applicable (N/A) – Does not apply or not available.
  • Level 1 Assessment – A study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.
  • Level 2 Assessment – A very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.

Detected Contaminants

EADS TOWN OF routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The following table(s) show all detections found in the period of January I to December 31, 2023 unless otherwise noted. The State of Colorado requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of contamination. Therefore, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one-year-old. Violations and Formal Enforcement Actions, if any, are reported in the next section of this report.

Note: Only detected contaminants sampled within the last 5 years appear in this report. If no tables appear in this section, then no contaminants were detected in the last round of monitoring.

Disinfectants Sampled in the Distribution System
TT Requirement: At least 95% of samples per period (month or quarter) must be at least 0.2 ppm OR lf sample size is less than 40 no more than 1 sample is below 0.2 ppm
Typical Sources: Water additive used to control microbes
Disinfectant Name Time Period Results Number of Samples Below Level Sample Size TT Violation MRDL
Chlorine December, 2023 Lowest period percentage of samples meeting TT requirement: 100% 0 1 No 4.0 ppm

 

Lead and Copper Sampled in the Distribution System
Contaminant Name Time Period 90th Percentile Sample Size Unit of Measure 90th Percentile AL Sample Sites Above AL 90th Percentile AL Exceedance Typical Sources
Copper 09/21/2021 to 09/22/2021 0.49 10 ppm 1.3 0 No Corrosion of househould plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

 

Disinfection Byproducts Sampled in the Distribution System
Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure MCL MCLG MCL Violation Typical Sources
Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) 2023 1.8 1.8 to 1.8 1 ppb 60 N/A No Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) 2023 6.4 6.4 to 6.4 1 ppb 80 N/A No Byproduct of drinking water disinfection

 

Radionuclides Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System
Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure MCL MCLG MCL Violation Typical Sources
Gross Alpha 2019 5.95 5.95 to 5.95 1 pCi/L 15 0 No Erosion of natural deposits
Combined Uranium 2019 15 15 to 15 1 ppb 30 0 No Erosion of natural deposits

 

Inorganic Contaminants Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System
Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure MCL MCLG MCL Violation Typical Sources
Arsenic 2022 2 2 to 2 1 ppb 10 0 No Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
Barium 2022 0.01 0.01 to 0.01 1 ppm 2 2 No Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
Chromium 2022 3 3 to 3 1 ppb 100 100 No Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits
Fluoride 2022 1.09 1.09 to 1.09 1 ppm 4 4 No Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
Nitrate 2023 1.3 1.3 to 1.3 1 ppm 10 10 No Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits
Selenium 2022 36 36 to 36 1 ppb 50 50 No Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from mines

 

Secondary Contaminants**
**Secondary standards are non-enforceable guidelines for contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin, or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color) in drinking water.
Contaminant Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure Secondary Standard
Sodium 2022 305.8 305.8 to 305.8 1 ppm N/A

Violations, Significant Deficiencies, and Formal Enforcement Actions

No Violations or Formal Enforcement Actions

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