Water and Flooding Preparedness

Drinking Water Safety

Clean drinking water is important for your family’s health.  There are several potential causes of problems with your water supply.  Flooding or aging infrastructure are two examples.  

Municipal Water Systems

Municipal water systems are monitored and regulated by the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. If a problem is detected in your water system, you will be notified and given instructions. 

Private Wells

To be proactive, domestic well water should be tested every six months to ensure safe drinking water. The resources listed below are gathered from a variety of sources and provided for your general information on this topic. 

How to protect your well:
https://www.epa.gov/privatewells

What do with your private well after a flood:
https://www.epa.gov/privatewells/what-do-your-private-well-after-flood

Flooding

Prepare for flooding especially when water is high in waterways, or if you live in the area of a burn scar:

  • Store important documents and photographs in water-tight containers away from ground level.
  • Have an evacuation plan and a 72-hour kit.
  • Keep your gutters clean and your sump pump in good working order.
  • If flooding does occur, remember that most flood-related fatalities occur in cars. Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, which is normally not included in your homeowner’s policy. See your insurance agency or floodsmart.gov for more information.
  • San Luis Valley High Water Information Guide