Notice on Accessory Dwelling Units
The Fremont County Board of Commissioners recently approved the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) within Fremont County. Those considering construction of ADUs within the boundaries of the Penrose Water District, and that are taking service from our system, are advised that the Penrose Water District will continue to implement its long-standing policy of requiring that every structure certified for occupancy must have a separate meter. Servicing two dwellings with one meter (interconnecting) is a direct violation of policy and could subject the meter to disconnection.
We recognize that the construction of a well to service one, or both, of the dwellings, is an option, however, if the property has service from our system (a water tap), the connections to the dwellings are subject to inspection by the Penrose Water District to ensure that there is not an interconnect of the dwellings.
Posted March 17, 2016
Posting of Notice of Meetings
Regular meetings of the Penrose Water District Board will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month at the District's office located at 340 Grant Street, Penrose, Colorado 81240, commencing at 6:30 p.m.
The following locations, all of which are located within the boundaries of the Penrose Water District, are hereby designated as the public places for posting all notices required by law:
- Penrose Water District Office, 340 Grant Street, Penrose, Colorado 81240
- United States Post Office, 015 Werner Road, Penrose, Colorado 81240;
- Neighborhood Market, 307 Broadway Avenue, Penrose, Colorado 81240
Notice of all meetings where a majority of the Board is expected to attend will be posted at the above locations at least 24 hours prior to workshops (no action expected), and at least 72-hours prior to any regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors of the Penrose Water District. Additionally, notice of special meetings will be posted at the Office of the Fremont County Clerk & Recorder at least 72-hours prior to said special meeting.
Notice on Lead Testing and Levels
The following is offered to help our customers have better understanding about the causes of lead in drink water, what Penrose Water District does to monitor the levels in our system, and some ideas for the individual homeowner.
• Lead does not come from the treatment plant, storage tanks and water mains. Lead typically comes from lead service lines running between the water meter in the street and the home, as well as from plumbing inside the home. We are not aware of any lead service lines providing service to any homes in our system. For this reason, high levels of lead are unlikely to exist in our system.
• Even though testing has demonstrated that lead exceedance has not occurred, nor is likely to occur, in our system, the Penrose Water District continues to conduct sampling for lead levels in the water according to requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and as administered by Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). Beginning in the 1990s we have tested representative samples from homes served by our system. Samples are collected from an inside faucet, by cooperating home owners, at locations selected based on year of construction. Samples are then tested at a certified lab.
Test results are reported in parts per billion (ppb). One part per billion (1ppb) corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.00. The Action Level (AL) for lead is 15 ppb. Action Level means that the system must take action to reduce the levels. The average lead content of all 10 sample sites are listed below:
When the lead and copper testing program started in the 1990s, Penrose Water District tested 20 sites annually for the first 3 consecutive years. Due to low lead and copper content at those sites, our system was then allowed to reduce monitoring from 20 sites to 10 sites and to test every 3 years rather than annually. Due to recent events in Flint, Michigan, beginning in 2017, all public water systems are again required to again perform annual testing for lead and copper in the drinking water. The number of sites remain at 10.
• The only way to know with certainty what the lead level is in your home is to have your water tested by a certified laboratory. As a property owner, there are steps you can take to address potential risks from lead in water. Lead service lines are typically only present in older homes, but older brass faucets with lead content may be found in any aged home. Some older homes in our system had (or may still have) portions of galvanized piping which are a potential contributor to elevated lead content in the water. A certified plumber may be able to assist you in determining if you have a lead service line, and to check for lead solder in your pipes and look for fixtures containing lead.
• There are other steps you can take to protect your family, including purchasing a certified water filter to remove lead, making sure you flush out the lines after a period of stagnation in order to get fresh water that is coming from the main, and avoiding consuming water from the hot water tap, where lead is more likely to be present. You can find more guidance on www.DrinkTap.org.