Drinking Water Regulation Violations
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
The Water Treatment Facility continued to produce drinking water of outstanding quality and in compliance with all state and federal requirements. This summer, the plant was challenged by the poor water quality in the Poudre River following rain events and subsequent sediment and ash flow from the 2012 fire burn areas. The facility still managed to treat approximately 26% of its raw water from the Poudre, with Horsetooth Reservoir providing the rest, during third quarter 2013.
The compliance rate for a drinking water facility is based on meeting all EPA and state regulations pertaining to safe drinking water and public health.
Why Is This Important?
100% compliance is important to provide continuous safe drinking water to the public. There are three tiers of violations that could be reported in this metric. The least significant is a Tier 3 drinking water violation defined as a 'violation of a drinking water standard that does not have a direct impact on human health.' The next level is a Tier 2 drinking water violation defined as a 'violation of a drinking water standard that with a potential to have serious adverse effects on human health.' The most significant is a Tier 1 drinking water violation defined as a 'violation of a drinking water standard that poses significant potential for serious adverse effects on human health.'
City Organization Impact on Performance
High - The City has direct operational control of the drinking water treatment facility, however the quality of the source water impacts the City's ability to meet regulatory requirements.
This metric contains no benchmark data because Fort Collins' goal of zero violations is reflective of the City's own commitment to compliance and is not influenced by comparisons to the compliance of other cities. Given the binary nature of this metric, benchmarks would add no value to the data.