Water Quality


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December 2018 - The City of Fountain Water Department replaced the Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) in two of its water treatment facilities located in downtown Fountain. In September 2018, lab test results indicated that the GAC treatment was beginning to lose its effectiveness for removing groundwater contaminants, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). GAC is a proven treatment method for removing PFAS, but over time the carbon must be replaced to maintain its effectiveness. Fountain ceased treatment and distribution from these wells in order to begin the process of replacing the GAC.


Fountain contracted with Calgon Carbon Corporation to begin the rigorous process of removing the spent Activated Carbon. In December 2018, Fountain completed the removal and replacement of Granular Activated Carbon in both treatment units. Both wells are operating at full-capacity and delivering safe, treated groundwater into Fountain’s water distribution system.      


The City of Fountain delivers approximately 5 million gallons of water per day to its customers. Water quality is monitored daily and samples are examined numerous times throughout the year to test water quality and contaminant levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act mandates that all water providers meet water standards established by Federal and State agencies.

Fountain publishes an annual Water Quality/Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) in conjunction with posting at several public locations regarding water monitoring results per requirements established by the EPA. This report is designed to educate Fountain's residents about the quality of water and services being provided. The Report lists various tests completed by the Water Department related to contaminants, micro-biological contaminants, organic contaminants, non-regulated substances, and Fluoride.

Each year the report is published for the previous year in order to show yearly totals (i.e. 2017 data is produced and circulated to the public before July 2018).


The National Contaminant Occurrence Database (NCOD) describes water sample analytical data that the EPA is currently using and has used in the past for analysis, rule-making, and rule evaluation. The data have been checked for data quality and analyzed for national representativeness. 

Visit the EPA's website, National Contaminant Occurrence Database, to locate more information. 


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