Curtis's Column

Filtered Groundwater Safe for Consumption
Posted on 06/07/2018

Fountain, Colorado – Fountain Utilities plans to introduce treated groundwater into its drinking water system beginning June 18, 2018.

Since discovering the Perfluorinated Compound (PFC) contamination, the City of Fountain has provided its community with safe drinking water from Pueblo Reservoir.  Over the past two years, the City has developed a strong partnership with the United States Air Force, and has worked diligently on plans, equipment and procedures needed to re-introduce groundwater from the Widefield Aquifer into the Fountain water system. 

In June and August of 2017, the U.S. Air Force delivered and installed two Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) treatment units at two of Fountain’s city-owned wells. GAC is a proven, effective treatment method to remove PFCs, which the City has pilot tested over the last 18 months.  Recently, the Fountain Water Department completed lab tests and commissioning of the GAC treatment units.

Results from a laboratory test dated June 1, 2018 confirm that PFCs have been removed to non-detectable levels in Fountain’s GAC filtered groundwater supply.  Non-detectable levels are less than 2.5 parts per trillion, well below the Environmental Protection Agency’s current Health Advisory Limit of 70 parts per trillion.