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Supply Safety

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Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Water Works Association (APPA) have said the likelihood of tap water being successfully contaminated with health-threatening chemical or biological agents is small. Even so, water utilities have long taken security precautions, and additional safeguards have been implemented, such as limiting access to facilities.

Public concern about possible contamination of water sources and supply increased following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Even before Sept. 11, 2001, Fort Collins Utilities staff identified the need for surveillance and other security measures at our Water Treatment Facility. Additional applicable security measures have been adopted. These include:

  • Monitoring and strict control of vendor shipments
  • Conducting additional water quality testing
  • Reassessing procedures to detect incursions
  • Providing additional employee training

The Cache la Poudre, along with Horsetooth Reservoir, is the focus of protective measures, with surveillance provided both by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation and Fort Collins Utilities staff.

Fort Collins Utilities continuously alters security measures as recommended by the EPA and law enforcement agencies.