State officials no longer monitoring chemicals in Southern Colorado water

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SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. (KKTV/AP) - Colorado health officials confirmed they have stopped monitoring the water in Southern Colorado, tainted by the preflourinated chemicals known as PFCs.

It's been almost one year to the day that homeowners in Fountain, Security, and Widefield were notified about a health advisory because of the chemicals found in their water.

11 News talked to families who said they are still upset, and most told us they don't use their tap water for anything.

It's a frustrating situation for these homeowners, and now they feel like the state no longer cares.

"I don't trust the water down here at all," said Fountain resident Rachel Gilley.

Homeowners who live in Security, Fountain, and Widefield have been dealing with the perflourinated chemicals known as PFCs for exactly one year.

Last June, hundreds turned out to collect bottled water given out by Care and Share. Since then, most homeowners have had to buy their own.

"It's money out of my pocket. I don't like it but, like I said, I have to keep [my kids] safe; my coffee, I use bottled water. I don't use faucet water for nothing," Gilley added.

Colorado state health officials said they've stopped sampling and monitoring the water because funding from the EPA ran out.

According to this Denver Post article, EPA officials said the U.S. Air Force is still monitoring PFCs as a part of a military investigation at Peterson Air Force Base.

Air Force officials however, told the Denver Post they are not conducting or funding tests in Fountain.

"The water is pretty important for them to be keeping track of. I mean, we use it every day to cook to wash ourselves and everything, so yeah, it's important for them to keep track of it," said Fountain resident Jessica Norton.

Security has already stopped using the water with PFCs in it. Widefield has started to treat its affected well water, and Fountain has also started treating their water and lined up alternative water sources as well.

Last year, officials from the Department of Defense visited Peterson and vowed to spend $2 billion to help clean up PFCs across the country.