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Pueblo County testing for harmful chemicals in drinking water

Concern of Pfas in private water wells along I-25 and Highway 50
Posted at 5:07 PM, Dec 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-21 10:14:01-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) is starting to test private water wells for Pfas.

These chemicals are used in many products like cookware, shampoo, dental floss, makeup, and drinking water.

Long-term exposure could lead to immune system diseases, birth defects, and various cancers.

PDPHE officials say there may be some concern about Pfas coming from El Paso County.

"The water doesn't stop flowing at the county line and so we definitely were excited for this chance," said a PDPHE project manager Scott Cowan.

Cowan said there is more concern in industrial areas along I-25 and Highway 50.

Pfas from firefighting foam used by Peterson Space Force Base was previously found in groundwater in Security-Widefield. Steps have since been taken to mitigate that contamination.

The state's health department helped fund PDPHE's Pfas testing program. Up to 165 private water wells in Pueblo County are expected to be tested by June.

PDPHE can test your drinking water for free. To see if you qualify, click here.


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