Important Information About Your Drinking Water


City of Creede

Failure to Test Backflow Prevention Devices


Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this situation is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.


The state drinking water program requires that all public drinking water systems test a percentage of the backflow prevention devices annually. We received a violation because our water system did not test the required percentage.


We also failed to notify you of the violation/situation in a timely manner.


What does this mean? What should I do?


  • You do not need to boil your water, use bottled water, or take other actions. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.


  • Uncontrolled cross connections can lead to inadvertent contamination of the drinking water. We failed to complete the testing requirements for backflow prevention devices.


  • If you have an infant, severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your doctor about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.


What is being done?


  • Continue to survey Non-Single_Family water customers and encourage those customers who have failed to have their backflow prevention devices tested, repaired if necessary and certified by a State Certified Backflow and Cross Connection Control Technician and to have each send the certification results to the City of Creede for record keeping. Also to remind them their devices must be inspected, repaired if necessary and certified annually.


We anticipate resolving the problem by Unknown at this time. . For more information, please contact Robert Schlough at or (719) 658-2276 ext. 4#, or P. O. Box 457, Creede, CO 81130-0783.


*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*


This notice is being sent to you by: City of Creede - CO0140500 Date distributed: August 3, 2018