Water for 30,000 in Colorado is radioactive
DENVER, Colorado ” State records show about 30,000 Coloradans are drinking tap water that violates new standards for radioactive contaminants.
The Denver Post reported Sunday that 37 water systems are exceeding the standards adopted in January by federal regulators. They range in size from a couple dozen customers in trailer parks to the 14,000 residents of Sterling.
Health officials say they’ve found no higher disease rates in those communities. They say the increased health risk from exceeding the standards is small but real.
State and federal grants totaling nearly $900,000 are helping the water systems pay for tests and engineering studies.
Next year state officials hope to help water systems find grants and loans to make upgrades.
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