Well and Drinking Water Safety

Well Water Safety Recommendations

Since private wells provide water for most of the homes and businesses in Park County, we remind you to ensure that water is safe to drink! Check out these hints and resources: EPA Guidance on Well Water Safety and Impacts.

Bailey PFAS Water Testing Project 

In December 2022, a private well owner had their groundwater tested, and the results showed elevated PFAS levels. PFAS has been associated with a variety of health effects.

Following this discovery, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) tested 14 private wells, one pond, and one stream in the Burland Ranchettes community. Testing did not detect PFAS in the pond and stream. However, PFAS levels were above the EPA’s proposed maximum contaminant level (MCL) in eight wells. EPA MCLs are set to reduce the risk of potential health effects from exposure to harmful chemicals. MCLs are enforceable for public water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Private wells are not regulated, however, it’s important to know the PFAS levels you may be exposed to.

Here is the community report and map.

Please join us on Thursday, February 29 from 5 -7 PM at the Platte Canyon Fire Station in Bailey (or by zoom). Please use this registration link if you'd like to join us.

Live in the 80421 ZIP code? Learn more and sign up for testing at cdphe.colorado.gov/pfas-testing

For more information, visit cdphe.colorado.gov/water-quality. If you have questions about PFAS and health, contact ToxCall at 303-692-2606 or cdphe_toxcall@state.co.us.