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1 Presented By: Fred J. Sánchez Water Quality Operations Supervisor

2 CDPHE Suspected Salmonella in Alamosa s Drinking Water Supply CDPHE & Denver Water Developed a Strategy: Water Distribution Operations Team Water Quality Monitoring/Testing Team Initial Reservoir Inspections Disinfection Method Flushing & Dechlorination Method Cross-Connection Survey CDPHE Requirements

3 Water Is Suspected by CDPHE No Common Food Source No source of contamination or initial location of Infection confirmed Confirmed Infant Infections

4 Salmonella bacteria are rod-shaped, flagellated, Gram stain-negative and are known to cause disease in humans, animals, and birds (especially poultry) worldwide. Salmonellosis is spread to people by ingestion of Salmonella bacteria that contaminate food & water.

5 Organize A Distribution Team Plan For Chlorinating & Flushing Chlorine Dose Injection Method Distribution Sectors Dechlorination Method CDPHE Samples For Salmonella Meet & Inspect Sites With Local Officials

6 Develop a strategy

7 City of Alamosa Denver Water CDPHE Colorado Rural Water Association Aurora Water Pueblo Boulder Nebraska East Cherry Creek Valley

8 Distribution Operations & CDPHE

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10 Distribution System Craft Tower Ross Tower Weber Reservoir

11 Population: Under 10,000 Water Source: 6 Wells 1 Active During Winter Months Up to 4 During Summer Months Distribution System: 50 miles Pipe Diameter: 4-16 Pipe Type: CA, CI & PVC Average Water Temp: 75º Deep Confined Aquifer State Requirements: Chlorination Waiver Collect 10 Total Coliform Samples per Month Alternating Between Source & Distribution System Sites

12 Craft Tower Gallons: 500,000 Type: Elevated Storage Tank (Pedestal Spheroid) Condition: Good Ross Tower Gallons: 200,000 Type: Elevated Storage Tank (Standpipe) Condition: Good Weber Reservoir Gallons: 300,000 Type: Ground-level Service Storage Reservoir Condition: Poor; reservoir has noticeable cracks, etc.

13 Pittsburg Tank & Tower Inspection

14 Inspection Revealed: No Major Structural Damage Minor Structural Repair Recommended No Potential Environmental Contamination

15 Rust on Interior Roof

16 Bird Fecal Matter on Exterior Roof

17 Overflow Pipe in Good Condition

18 Cleanout Hatch Good Condition

19 Pittsburg Tank & Tower Inspection

20 Inspection Revealed: No Major Structural Damage Minor Structural Repairs Recommended Possible Environmental Contamination

21 Roof Manway Replacement

22 Weld Steel Plates Over Holes

23 Interior View of Holes

24 Denver Water & CDPHE Inspection

25 Structural Damage Potential Environmental Contamination Sand accumulation in Reservoir

26 E X T E R N A L

27 Before Repair After Repair Weber Reservoir External Problems

28 Before Repair After Repair Weber Reservoir External Problems

29 Before Repair After Repair Weber Reservoir External Problems

30 I N T E R N A L

31 Internal Sand Removal

32 Weber Spray Disinfection 100 mg/l

33 Weber Reservoir Checklist Reservoir Drained & Cleaned All Holes Patched Spray 100 mg/l Calcium Hypochlorite 12-hr disinfection contact time Selected as Super Chlorination Source 300,000 gallons at 25 mg/l Craft Tower Ross Tower 50 miles of Distribution System

34 DISINFECTION METHOD FRED J. SANCHEZ

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36 3 Chlorination Sectors Established: Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3

37 Alamosa Chlorination Process Sector I 25 mg/l Sector II Sector III

38 FIRE HYDRANT

39 Fire Hose To Trailer

40 Fire Hose To Chlorine Injection

41 Chlorine Injection Point

42 Weber Well Discharge Pipe

43 Weber Reservoir Aeration Pipe

44 Disinfection (Injector) Metering Skid/ Chemical Feeder Borrowed from Alamosa s Treatment Plant

45 Flushing & Dechlorination

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48 Dechlorination Tank Drip Method

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50 PUBLIC SAFETY & COMMUNITY SUPPORT

51 3 Letters Are Hand Delivered to the Public Red -Flushing at 25 mg/l (March 25 th -28 th ) Do Not Drink! Do Not Prepare Food Do Not Bathe/Shower Toilet Use Only! Yellow -Flushing at 2mg/L (March 29 th 1 st ) Do Not Drink! Do Not Prepare Food Showering Allowed No Babies or Sr. Citizens Toilet Use Allowed Green -Water Is Safe To Drink (April 11 th ) If CDPHE Requirements Are Met: No Salmonella No Crypto No Giardia Radio & Television Also Issue Alerts!

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54 Emergency Water Supplied: Bottled Water Potable Water Trucks Water Used For: Consumption Showering Allows Chlorination Efforts To Continue Begins With 25 mg/l Dose

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56 CROSS-CONNECTION CONTROL

57 Over 100 Facilities Surveyed For: Direct Cross-Connections Backflow Prevention Hazards Divided: Extreme Must be fixed immediately! Includes: Mortuaries, Car Washes, Dry Cleaners, Meat Packing Plants High Low Priority For Inclusion into CCC Program Includes: Restaurants, Gas Stations, etc. Eventual Inclusion into CCC Program Includes: Retail Stores, Office Buildings, etc.

58 Direct Cross-Connection Water Heater

59 Direct Cross-Connection Ice Maker

60 Sanitary Sewer Truck Direct Cross-Connection

61 CDPHE REQUIREMENTS

62 Take Weber Reservoir Off-line Maintain 2mg/L Chlorine Residual In the DS and in the Reservoirs No Total Coliform & Salmonella Positive Samples Contain All Extreme Hazard Cross-Connections Test For Crypto and Giardia

63 Distribution System Monitoring Plan Developed 20 DS Sample Sites Input Sites in GIS (CO Rural Water Association) Develop an Ongoing Cross-Connection Control Program Commercial Containment Residential Well Containment

64 Commercial Containment Basic Program Tracking Installation Notification Annual Testing Surveys Residential Containment Wells Commercial & Residential Isolation Educational Campaign Cross-Connection Control Program

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