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Colorado City residents upset over late water quality notice

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Many people in Colorado City are upset about a water quality notice they got, something they say they should have been sent a lot sooner.

Some people say they received the notice from the Colorado City Metropolitan District on Wednesday, others got it on Thursday.

The notice informed people that the city’s water system violated a drinking water requirement.

According to the notice, it’s something the city found out about nearly a month ago.

"We should've been notified as soon as the problem was identified."

Kata Schmidt told News 5 on Thursday that she got the notice on Wednesday letting her know that her water had been contaminated for the last month.

"That's almost a month that we've been using this water."

The two contaminants are called Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids.

According to the EPA, consuming these contaminants in excess over a long period of time can cause adverse health affects.

It’s something the water district says is now fixed, but still, some of the people who’ve been drinking it are concerned.

Schmidt said, "Just last month I had surgery so that put me at risk just being a post-surgical person."

According to Nicole Graziano, a compliance assurance manager for the Colorado Water Quality Control Division, this situation is defined as a longer term health risk. That means the Colorado City Municipal District had 30 days from the time they knew about the contaminant level to send out notices.

Schmidt says the problem may have been found on September 25, “but we weren't given the opportunity to make an informed decision when the problem was in existence."

Schmidt says this is the third or fourth letter she’s received from Colorado City Metropolitan District this year about various contaminants. She says the notices always come after the problem has been resolved.

If you’d like to see this water notice click here.

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