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Nearby drinking water wells are monitored for water quality prior to and after oil drilling and pumping operations. Under Colorado law, water used for drinking and agriculture have preference. Water used in the hydraulic fracturing process is a secondary use. When a municipality sells excess water to oil and gas users, they may be able to reduce drinking water cost for their residents. For more information contact Colorado Oil and Gas Association or the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a study to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.
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Visit the Colorado Division of Water Resources well permit search. Search by permit number, owner’s name, or subdivision. Once the search results appear, click on view to see the well permit and its associated documents. For more information, call the Groundwater Information line at 303 866-3587.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the production of bottled water. For more information visit the FDA's web site on bottled water or contact the manufacturer of the bottled water directly.
Swim beaches are regulated as natural swim areas. They are monitored during the swimming season and records should be kept on-site at the swim beach. If unsafe levels of bacteria are detected the swim beach will be closed to the public. For more information contact park personnel or refer to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's swim beach web page.
For more information, visit the Colorado Environmental Public Health Tracking web page.