Water Quality


Water Glass

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.