Local Groundwater Treatment Standard Established

Local Groundwater Treatment Standard Established
Posted on 08/26/2020
The City of Fountain has provided safe, treated, drinking water to residents since the discovery of contaminated raw groundwater during the winter of 2016. 

In years since, the City installed two granular activated carbon treatment units at two downtown wells that effectively remove Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances (PFAS) before entering Fountain's water distribution system. These units were funded and provided by the United States Air Force as a short-term solution. 

The City of Fountain continues to sample the treated drinking water for six PFAS compounds: PFAS, PFOA, PFNA, PFHxS, PFHpA and PFBS. The sample results have continued to show non-detectable levels (less than two parts per trillion). 

While the city verbally committed to this standard of raw groundwater treatment in the years since the discovered contamination, they affirmed this commitment by passing a resolution establishing an ongoing groundwater treatment standard.  The standard requires that groundwater treated test at less than two parts per trillion, which is the current non-detectable level established by the best available technology used at Environmental Protection Agency certified labs across the country.  

The standard remains in effect until amended or repealed by action of the City Council.