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About Flagler
Founded in 1888, the town of Flagler, Colorado (population 612) is the center of a vast farming and ranching area comprising the western part of Kit Carson County.
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Located at Exit 395 on I-70, you are only 120 miles east of Denver and Colorado Springs. Although a small town, we offer plenty to do whether it is playing golf, enjoying the parks, shopping "downtown," or visiting our historical community.
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2013 Consumer Confidence Report
FLAGLER TOWN OF 2014 Drinking Water Quality Report For Calendar Year 2013 Public Water System ID: CO0132010 Esta es información importante. Si no la pueden leer, necesitan que alguien se la traduzca. We are pleased to present to you this year’s water quality report. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Please contact JUSTIN CRISP at 719-349-1866 with any questions about the Drinking Consumer Confidence Rule (CCR) or for public participation opportunities that may affect the water quality. General Information All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) or by visiting http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV-AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk of infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. For more information about contaminants and potential health effects, or to receive a copy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and microbiological contaminants call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (1-800-426-4791). The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: •Microbial contaminants: viruses and bacteria that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. •Inorganic contaminants: salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. •Pesticides and herbicides: may come from a variety of sources, such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses. •Radioactive contaminants: can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. •Organic chemical contaminants: including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and also may come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prescribes regulations limiting the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health. Lead in Drinking Water If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems (especially for pregnant women and young children). It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home’s plumbing. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. Additional information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has provided us with a Source Water Assessment Report for our water supply. For general information or to obtain a copy of the report please visit http://wqcdcompliance.com/ccr. The report is located under “Source Water Assessment Reports”, and then “Assessment Report by County”. Select KIT CARSON County and find 132010; FLAGLER TOWN OF or by contacting JUSTIN CRISP at 719-349-1866. The Source Water Assessment Report provides a screening-level evaluation of potential contamination that could occur. It does not mean that the contamination has or will occur. We can use this information to evaluate the need to improve our current water treatment capabilities and prepare for future contamination threats. This can help us ensure that quality finished water is delivered to your homes. In addition, the source water assessment results provide a starting point for developing a source water protection plan. Potential sources of contamination in our source water area are listed on the next page. Please contact us to learn more about what you can do to help protect your drinking water sources, any questions about the Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report, to learn more about our system, or to attend scheduled public meetings. We want you, our valued customers, to be informed about the services we provide and the quality water we deliver to you every day. Our Water Sources Source Source Type Water Type Potential Source(s) of Contamination WEATHERLY WELL MAIN WL GW The potential for contamination comes from chemicals that are applied to the farm ground surrounding the well. TGUARD WELL SUMMER USE WL GW Chemicals applied to the farm ground surrounding the well BRIGGS WELL SUMMER USE WL GW An old dairy located about 200 yards from the well. WILCOX WELL SUMMER USE WL GW Chemical application to the farm ground surrounding the well. All of the potential sources of contamination are monitored to make sure that the application of chemicals to the farm ground DOES NOT come within fifty (50) feet of any of our wells. The Town of Flagler owns all of the land surrounding the well heads so we are able to police the chemical application and farming practices around our wells. Terms and Abbreviations • Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - The highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water. • Treatment Technique (TT) - A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. • Action Level (AL) - The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment and other regulatory requirements. • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) - The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. • Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) - The level of a drinking water disinfectant, below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. • Violation (No Abbreviation) - Failure to meet a Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulation. • Formal Enforcement Action (No Abbreviation) - Escalated action taken by the State (due to the risk to public health, or number or severity of violations) to bring a non-compliant water system back into compliance. • Variance and Exemptions (V/E) - Department permission not to meet a MCL or treatment technique under certain conditions. • Gross Alpha (No Abbreviation) - Gross alpha particle activity compliance value. It includes radium-226, but excludes radon 222, and uranium. • Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) - Measure of the radioactivity in water. • Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - Measure of the clarity or cloudiness of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the typical person. • Compliance Value (No Abbreviation) – Single or calculated value used to determine if regulatory contaminant level (e.g. MCL) is met. Examples of calculated values are the 90th Percentile, Running Annual Average (RAA) and Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA). • Average (x-bar) - Typical value. • Range (R) - Lowest value to the highest value. • Sample Size (n) - Number or count of values (i.e. number of water samples collected). • Parts per million = Milligrams per liter (ppm = mg/L) - One part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000. • Parts per billion = Micrograms per liter (ppb = ug/L) - One part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000. • Parts per trillion = Nanograms per liter (ppt = ng/L) - One part per trillion corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000,000. • Parts per quadrillion = Picograms per liter (ppq = pg/L) - One part per quadrillion corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000,000 years or one penny in $10,000,000,000,000. • Not Applicable (N/A) – Does not apply or not available. Detected Contaminants FLAGLER TOWN OF routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The following table(s) show all detections found in the period of January 1 to December 31, 2013 unless otherwise noted. The State of Colorado requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of contamination. Therefore, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old. Violations and Formal Enforcement Actions, if any, are reported in the next section of this report. Note: Only detected contaminants sampled within the last 5 years appear in this report. If no tables appear in this section then no contaminants were detected in the last round of monitoring. Microorganism Contaminants Sampled in the Distribution System Contaminant Name Time Period Results Sample Size MCL MCLG MCL Violation Typical Sources Coliform (TCR) Aug 20 % Positive Samples 5 No more than 5.0% positive samples per period (If sample size is greater than or equal to 40) OR No more than 1 positive sample per period (If sample size is less than 40) 0 No Naturally present in the environment E. coli 1 Routine and a Repeat Sample are Total Coliform Positive, and One is also Fecal Positive/E. Coli Positive No Human and animal fecal waste Lead and Copper Sampled in the Distribution System Contaminant Name Time Period 90th Percentile Sample Size Unit of Measure 90th Percentile AL Sample Sites Above AL 90th Percentile AL Exceedance Typical Sources Copper 06/10/2013 to 06/10/2013 0.07 5 ppm 1.3 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits Lead 06/10/2013 to 06/10/2013 0.7 5 ppb 15 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits Disinfection Byproducts Sampled in the Distribution System Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure MCL MCLG Highest Compliance Value MCL Violation Typical Sources Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) 2012 12.38 12.38 to 12.38 1 ppb 80 N/A No Byproduct of drinking water disinfection Radionuclides Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System Contaminant Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure MCL MCLG MCL Violation Typical Sources Combined Uranium 2013 9.9 9.9 to 9.9 1 ppb 30 0 No Erosion of natural deposits Inorganic Contaminants Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System Contaminant Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure MCL MCLG MCL Violation Typical Sources Arsenic 2013 4 4 to 4 1 ppb 10 0 No Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes Barium 2013 0.17 0.17 to 0.17 1 ppm 2 2 No Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits Chromium 2013 1 1 to 1 1 ppb 100 100 No Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits Fluoride 2013 0.56 0.56 to 0.56 1 ppm 4 4 No Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories Nitrate 2013 6.6 6.2 to 6.8 3 ppm 10 10 No Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits Selenium 2013 5 5 to 5 1 ppb 50 50 No Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from mines Nitrate: Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant you should ask advice from your health care provider. Unregulated or Secondary Contaminants** **Secondary standards are non-enforceable guidelines for contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin, or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color) in drinking water. Contaminant Name Year Average Range Low – High Sample Size Unit of Measure Secondary Standard Total Dissolved Solids 2009 323.33 258 to 436 3 ppm 500 Violations, Significant Deficiencies, and Formal Enforcement Actions Violations Name Category Time Period Health Effects Compliance Value TT Level or MCL NITRATE MONITORING, ROUTINE MAJOR - MON 07/01/2013 - 09/30/2013 N/A N/A N/A E. COLI MONITORING, SOURCE (GWR), MAJOR - MON 08/01/2013 - 08/31/2013 N/A N/A N/A COLIFORM (TCR) MONITORING (TCR), ROUTINE MAJOR - MON 07/01/2013 - 07/31/2013 N/A N/A N/A CHLORINE STATE MONITORING - MON 09/01/2013 - 09/30/2013 N/A N/A N/A CHLORINE STATE MONITORING - MON 07/01/2013 - 07/31/2013 N/A N/A N/A CHLORINE STATE MONITORING - MON 04/01/2012 - 04/30/2012 N/A N/A N/A CHLORINE MONITORING, ROUTINE (DBP), MAJOR - MON 07/01/2013 - 09/30/2013 N/A N/A N/A Additional Violation Information Note: If any violation relates to failing to install adequate filtration or disinfection equipment or processes, or have had a failure of such equipment or processes then the water may be inadequately treated. Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. Explanation of the violation(s) and the steps taken to resolve them: The nitrate monitoring violation for the third quarter was a missed sample that put the Town of Flagler water system out of compliance with further testing and not missing any of our quarterly samples we are now in compliance In July of 2013 the Town of Flagler had a positive total coliform sample because of inadequate sterilization of the faucet used for sampling. With that positive sample the Town of Flagler was out of compliance again for not monitoring for e-coli in our raw water.
Lyle's Stories
A collection of stories and pictures of Hal Borland and his life in the Flagler area in the early 1900s. By Lyle Stone. "The intention of this effort is to honor and record happenings in Hal Borland's life" so excerpts from Borland's own writings have been included. "Added to his memories are other incidents of that time found in interviews with his classmates, his old friends, in Borland family papers, along with a few memories of this writer." Hardbound, 89 pages. $40.00 each. $4.90 shipping and handling. To purchase, contact Laura Stone: 719-765-4603; or Town Hall 719-765-4571.
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