In December 2022, a private well owner had their groundwater tested, and the results showed elevated PFAS levels. PFAS has been associated with a variety of health effects.
Following this discovery, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) tested 14 private wells, one pond, and one stream in the Burland Ranchettes community. Testing did not detect PFAS in the pond and stream. However, PFAS levels were above the EPA’s proposed maximum contaminant level (MCL) in eight wells. EPA MCLs are set to reduce the risk of potential health effects from exposure to harmful chemicals. MCLs are enforceable for public water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Private wells are not regulated, however, it’s important to know the PFAS levels you may be exposed to.