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OUR WATER

 
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TREATMENT PROCESS 

Ute Water proudly operates a conventional water treatment facility with chemical flocculation, sedimentation, dual-media filtration, corrosion control, fluoridation and disinfection. There are multiple source waters available to Ute Water, but the preferred sources are the Jerry Creek Reservoirs on the Grand Mesa.

 

Aluminum sulfate and cationic polymer are added to the raw water for coagulation. Coagulated particles are allowed to settle out before going to the dual media filters. The filters effectively remove particulate.

Filtered water enters the clear well where caustic soda is added to increase pH for optimization of chloramination and corrosion control. Ammonia is added as water exits the clear well for chloramination. Throughout the treatment process, analyzers, level gauges, and other monitoring equipment are in place to continuously monitor and alert personnel of changing conditions. Finished water is then introduced to the distribution system.

CURRENT WATER QUALITY DASHBOARD

The Water Quality Dashboard is a snapshot of the District's water quality each week. The dashboard is updated each Friday before 5:00 p.m. and the information is reflective of the previous week's water quality. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is hardness?


Total hardness is a measurement of the mineral content in a water sample that is irreversible by boiling. More specifically, total hardness is determined by the concentration of multivalent cations in water. The most common cations present in hard water are Mg2+ and Ca+. Hardness in water is usually observed by its ability to form scale and make suds with soaps and detergents. It is commonly found as water spots on dishes and cars or a white build-up on swamp cooler pads.




What are typical ranges for hardness?


General guidelines for classification of waters are: 0 to 60 mg/L (milligrams per liter) as calcium carbonate is classified as soft; 61 to 120 mg/L as moderately hard; 121 to 180 mg/L as hard; and more than 180 mg/L as very hard.




How do I convert hardness mg/L to grains per gallon?


To convert from mg/L to grains per gallon, divide by 17.1




What is the white stuff on my swamp cooler pads?


Hardness in water is usually observed by its ability to form scale and make suds with soaps and detergents. It is commonly found as water spots on dishes and cars or a white build-up on swamp cooler pads. As water evaporates, hardness as calcium carbonate is left behind. This is the white build-up you may see on your swamp cooler pads.




Why does my water look cloudy or milky?


Cloudy water is likely caused by air bubbles trapped in the water. The water is safe to drink and consume. Letting the water sit in an open container will help the cloudiness dissipate.




What are the little black particles floating in my water?


Sometimes homeowners will find black particles floating in their water. These are likely coming from the plumbing inside your home. The three most common sources of the particles are old pipes deteriorating and corroding, corroding water heaters, or gaskets or washers breaking down.




Why does my toilet and sink have a pink ring?


If you are seeing pink rings in your toilet or sink, it is not a problem with water quality. It is likely the result of an airborne bacteria that thrives in moist areas. The best way to eliminate the problem is to clean with a bleach-based cleaner.




What water should I cook with?


It is recommended that customers use cold water and warm it in the microwave or on the stove top to cook or to prepare a baby's bottle. Even the best maintained hot water heaters could potentially introduce bacteria or debris that collects in the unit over time. Hot water systems like tanks and boilers contain metallic parts that corrode as time goes by, contaminating the water.





OUR ABSOLUTE TRUTH

Why do we want the best water around? Because it’s our water too. For 65 years, we’ve treated the snowmelt found on the Grand Mesa, and a few other sources to make it the freshest we can.  That’s the absolute truth.

Because our founders knew a life with out clean water, we're committed to making sure you never do.

The process from capturing freshly fallen snowmelt from the Grand Mesa is one that makes the District unique and is admired by other water providers across the nation. The Grand Mesa, also recognized as the world's largest flattop mesa, is the primary watersheds for the District, and the gravity-fed system that delivers the pristine snowmelt to your tap is unique to the District. 

 

Each drop of water that comes out of the tap has originated from the Grand Mesa and is brought to you by dedicated employees who helped capture, move, treat, and distribute the water to your home. 

 

We don't make the water, but we make sure it gets to you and that's it's safe for you to consume, because Ute Water is our water too.

 

And that's our absolute truth.

 

WATER QUALITY REPORTS

Ute Water Conservancy District produces an annual Water Quality Report in accordance with the State of Colorado and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). These reports are also recognized as Consumer Confident Reports. The annual Water Quality Report can be found below, or a paper copy can be requested by contacting the District. The Water Quality Report is a great resource to learn more about the District's treatment process and the substances that are tested for in drinking water. 

Water providers are required to include the data collected in a full calendar year. Therefore, the latest report available will be from the prior calendar year.

If you have any questions about the Water Quality Reports or would like to request a hard copy, please contact us here or download the reports below.