In mid-2023, the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) secured a sampling grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This grant is dedicated to funding sampling efforts aimed at testing groundwater and surface water within Pueblo County. The focus is on private well owners and surface water sources that may contain PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals.

PFAS, or Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, constitute a diverse group of human-made chemicals that have seen extensive use in industry and consumer products since the 1940s. These chemicals are pervasive in our environment and are associated with specific health impacts. Most notably, PFAS has been found in toxic firefighting foam and a wide range of products, including water and stain-resistant carpets and clothing. These chemicals have become a concern due to their widespread presence in the environment and the health risks associated with them.

Research indicates that most people living in the United States have detectable levels of PFAS in their blood. Individuals residing in communities exposed to PFAS contamination, whether through water or other sources, face an elevated risk of health impacts. This risk is particularly pronounced for children aged 0-5 years, as well as for pregnant individuals, those planning to become pregnant, and breastfeeding mothers.


What PDPHE is Doing

Currently, PDPHE is working closely with CDPHE and HDR engineering to identify if any of the ground water or surface water throughout the county has been affected by these chemicals.

If you are a private well owner in Pueblo County and wish to participate in this program, please complete the Google Form below.

It's important to note that obtaining test results typically takes approximately 60 days after the sampling process is concluded. PDPHE will contact you with your results once HDR engineering has completed their analysis.

To ensure smooth communication and scheduling, please provide accurate and up-to-date information. If you prefer to speak with us directly, you can reach us at 719-583-4307, option 8.

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