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Study set to determine health effects of Fountain water contamination

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Dr. John Adgate explains a study to concerned homeowners which is set to research the health effects of contaminated water in the Fountain area. (KOAA) Dr. John Adgate explains a study to concerned homeowners which is set to research the health effects of contaminated water in the Fountain area. (KOAA)
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A professor at the Colorado School of Public Health is proposing a new study to look at the health effects of water contamination in Security, Widefield and Fountain areas.

Dr. John Adgate, the professor leading the potential study, told dozens of concerned homeowners at the meeting here on Thursday that he wants to know what the health effects are from the firefighting foam that's said to have caused the widespread contamination across the area.

He has submitted a fast track proposal seeking the funding for this study from the National Institutes of Health back in August and says he hopes to hear back within the next few months, with the goal of starting the study next summer.

Adgate says he would be looking for a pool of 200 volunteers spread out from all three affected water districts.

Their blood would each be tested once and 50 of them would be tested again the following year.

This is to find out the levels of these compounds found in their blood and to see if these levels are going up and down over time.

He says the compounds coming from the firefighting foam haven't been studied enough to prove certain health effects, which is why he hopes his study will lead to more definitive answers.

"I mean there's several studies that could be done, this is just the first that could look at human health effects and the relationship between some markers of health and exposure to these compounds," Adgate said.

Many of the homeowners at the meeting shared their own stories of health issues they've had over the years, but never had any answers to.

"It would be great to hear we're all ok, that would be the ultimate, we're all ok, but what if we're not? What do we need to do to be healthy as a community?" Liz Rosenbaum, the Fountain Valley Clean Water Committee Founder said.

Her coalition is planning to hold a follow up meeting on October 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain Public Library.

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