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Failure to Test Backflow Prevention Devices

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this situation is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

The state drinking water program requires that all public drinking water systems test a percentage of the backflow prevention devices annually. We received a violation because our water system did not test the required percentage of the known backflow prevention devices within our water system in 2021. Our customers with the devices are responsible, according to local ordinance, for obtaining the inspections and tests and are required to deliver the test results to the town for tracking purposes.

What does this mean? What should I do?

  • You DO NOT need to boil your water or take other actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
  • Uncontrolled cross connections can lead to a back pressure or siphonage event that may allow contaminants or disease-causing organisms to enter the drinking water, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches.
  • If you have an infant, severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your doctor about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

What is being done?

  • Notices will be mailed out to all known customers who are required to submit reports to the town. The town will give the owners of the devices 45 days to submit inspection and test results to the town hall.

We anticipate resolving the problem by July 28, 2023. For more information, please contact Kenneth Charles at or 970-882-7720 ext 4, or P O Box 630 Dolores, CO. 81323.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

* This notice is being sent to you by: Town of Dolores - CO 0142400
Date distributed: May 25, 2023