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Bioenvironmental Engineering Reports Water Quality

Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. -- Cherokee Metropolitan District supplies drinking water to Schriever Air Force Base. Personnel can get the facts about the water they drink from the recently released Cherokee Metropolitan District - 2014 Water Quality Report. This report informs the public about the water quality and services Cherokee delivered to the base population from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013.
 
Cherokee Metropolitan District staff and the 21st Medical Group's Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight, test the water consumed throughout the base. Throughout the process of collection, treatment and distribution, certified water treatment plant operators and laboratory staff monitor the water quality for its chemical and biological content. Some of these analyses are required to meet state and federal standards, while others are part of ongoing testing to assure a continual supply of high quality drinking water. Cherokee employees test the water at the wells, treatment plant and in the Cherokee water distribution system. Bioenvironmental engineering tests water at eight different sampling locations per month for microbiological contamination that can occur in the Schriever section of the distribution system. The Schriever sample sites include the dining facility, Missile Defense Agency and the Child Development Center. All microbiological samples collected in 2013 were analyzed by El Paso County Public Health laboratory. One sample collected at Building 210 last August reported positive for total coliform bacteria. Subsequent samples were negative. All other samples collected throughout the year were reported safe.

In August 2013, Bioenvironmental Engineering also collected an annual lead and copper drinking water samples from the Schriever Air Force Base CDC using Environmental Protection Agency protocols. The sample results indicated the water was safe to drink. Lead and copper results were well within EPA standards.
Local water sources come from 18 municipal wells spanning an area 8 miles north to 10 miles south of Ellicott. The wells are drilled about 180 feet deep, into an underground source of water called the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Alluvial Aquifer. Ellicott is 10 miles east of Schriever Air Force Base on Highway 94.

Cherokee Metropolitan District wants their customers to be informed about their water utility services. To learn more, call Sean Chambers at (719) 597-5080 or attend an open board of directors meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at 6250 Palmer Park Boulevard, Colorado Springs.

To view the complete 2014 Water Quality Report, click here or visit the SAFB web page at www.schriever.af.mil. Consumers without web access can get a hard copy of the water quality report at the Bioenvironmental Engineering office located in building 1246 on Peterson AFB. All SAFB personnel living in Peterson AFB dormitories can receive a hard or electronic copy of the report from their dorm manager. For more information on Schriever Air Force Base water quality, call Michael Puleo at 556-7721.

(Water quality information courtesy of Cherokee Metropolitan District and Bioenvironmental Engineering)
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