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Bioenvironmental engineering reports water quality


Cherokee Metropolitan District supplies drinking water to Schriever Air Force Base.  Base personnel can get the facts about the water they drink from the recently released Cherokee Metropolitan District - 2016 Consumer Water Quality Report which covers from Jan. 1, to Dec. 31, 2015. 

Cherokee Metropolitan District staff, as well as the 21st Medical Group’s Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight, test the water consumed on 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 Metropolitan District employees test the water at the wells, treatment plant and water distribution system, Bioenvironmental Engineering tests water at five different sampling locations per month for microbiological contamination that could occur in the SAFB section of the distribution system. The Schriever sample sites include the dining facility and the Child Development Center.  All microbiological samples collected in 2015 were analyzed by El Paso County Public Health laboratory and are reported safe. 

In 2015, Cherokee Metropolitan District received its water supply from two distinct sources: groundwater from deep aquifers in the Denver Basin (non-renewable water), north of Black Forest and alluvial groundwater from the Upper Black Squirrel Basin (renewable water). In 2015 the supplies from the Denver Basin wells supplied approximately 10 percent of the District’s water supply. The Upper Black Squirrel Creek Alluvial Aquifer supplies groundwater from 19 municipal wells spanning an area 9 miles north to 10 miles south of the town of Ellicott. These municipal wells are drilled approximately 180 feet deep into the Upper Black Squirrel Creek aquifer.

Cherokee Metropolitan District would like their customers to be informed about their water utility services.  To learn more, call their Distribution System Supervisor, Rick McKay, at (719) 597-5080 or attend an open board of directors meeting scheduled at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month located at 6250 Palmer Park Boulevard, Colorado Springs.  

To view the complete 2016 Consumer Water Quality Report, visit the Cherokee Metropolitan District Website at or the SAFB web page at Consumers without web access can get a hard copy of the water quality report at the BE office located in Building 500.  All Schriever personnel living in Peterson Air Force Base dormitories can receive a hard or electronic copy of the report from their dorm managers.  For more information on water quality, call the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight at 567-3948.    

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