Colorado Springs Utilities gets approval to help Security Water District

 Colorado Springs City Council votes to pass resolution, Feb. 28, 2017.
Colorado Springs City Council votes to pass resolution, Feb. 28, 2017. (KKTV)
Published: Feb. 28, 2017 at 5:59 PM MST
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Families in the Security will soon have another option to ensure safe drinking water.

homeowners were notified last year that high levels of perfluorinated chemicals were found in groundwater wells. A study revealed it was because of firefighting foam used in the past at Peterson Air Force Base.

they were also using surface water from the Pueblo Reservoir for its customers for safe drinking water.

On Tuesday afternoon, Colorado Springs City Council voted to help their neighbors deal with the issue. They voted unanimously on the agenda item that will allow Colorado Springs Utilities to sell their water to Security Water District. The resolution goes into effect immediately.

It's a short term deal -- just up to three years as of now -- but Springs Utilities says the have more than enough resources to help.

"We have excess capacity right now," said Andy Pico, who is a member of City Council and Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors. "The pipeline gives us capacity to bring up a lot more water than we need right now. This water supply that we have right now is good for probably the next 30, 40, 50 years."

It's a deal that will cost Security Water District at least $33,000 per year, but they say they don't expect rates to go up at this time for their customers, though it is possible in the next few years. A rate study will be conducted in the fall to see what they can do to prevent the increases.

It will still be a few years before Security can use their own groundwater well water again. They tell 11 News the treatment to fix the wells has not yet started.

Overall, Springs Utilities says they are happy to help their neighbors down south.

"It's part of being good neighbors," said Pico. "They are our partners in the southern delivery system. They have a need right now because of the contamination within their water system, and it's up to all of us to help out."