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Posted on: April 2, 2018

District begins source water protection planning

According the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, "The main objective of protection planning is to minimize potential contaminate threats to public drinking water supplies. This is achieved throughout the planning process by identifying and implementing 'best management practices' that will protect your specific source water area. To aid in this process we provide technical and financial support to community members and public water systems interested in developing source water protection plans. 

"The Protection Planning Process includes:

  • Stakeholder involvement.
  • A steering committee to develop and implement the plan.
  • An inventory of all ground and surface water intakes.
  • Reviewing state source water assessment for potential sources of contamination.
  • An inventory of potential sources of contamination and local issues of concern.
  • A map of outlining the source water protection area.
  • Best management practices that address each of the potential sources of contamination and issues  of possible threats to your source water.
  • A contingency plan to ensure a safe drinking water supply in the event of an emergency."

The first meeting of the Steering Committee was held on February 21, 2018.  Paul Hempel with the Colorado Rural Water Association and source water protection consultant presented an overview of the Source Water Protection Planning process.  Those in attendance at this meeting include three District residents, two members of the Board of Directors, an El Paso County government representative, the District's engineer, and the District's manager.  

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the District's Administration & Maintenance Building conference room.  Any District resident who is interested in being on the Steering Committee may make their interest known by attending this meeting or by emailing the District's manager, Leon Gomes, at leon@pbhmd.com.

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