Aug 22, 2013 1:09 PM by Elaine Sheridan

DOC ships water to Sterling facility due to uranium levels

The discovery of higher levels of uranium in the town of Sterling's water supply has the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) shipping water to the correctional facility there.

CDOC is providing alternative drinking water for the Sterling Correctional Facility as a precaution because Sterling discovered a small increase of uranium in July. Although the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) says the health risk is low, the CDOC is responding to ensure that offenders and staff have alternative drinking water at the facility.

CDOC will begin Thursday to transport an estimated 4,800 gallons of drinking water from Cañon City to the Sterling facility each day. Drinking water stations will be setup throughout the facility to give staff and inmates an alternate source of drinking water. Water provided by the city of Sterling will continue to be used in the preparation of food, showering and washing and will be available for drinking.

The small increase of uranium in the community's drinking water is being addressed by the city of Sterling and is expected to be resolved soon with the planned opening of a new state-of-the-art water treatment facility in the next few months.



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