‘Perfectly potable’: Annual report shows AF Academy’s water to be safe

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  • By Ray Bowden
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Water at the U.S. Air Force Academy is safe to drink, according to the base’s annual Drinking Water Quality Report released in late June.

The Air Force Academy 2021 Drinking Water Quality Report indicates the base’s processes for ensuring its population has access to safe drinking water are sound, said 1st Lt. Ricardo Meza, a bioenvironmental flight commander at the base.

 “It’s perfectly potable,” he said.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulates the contaminants in water provided by public water systems. According to the report, contaminants that may be present in any source water include microbial contaminants such as viruses and bacteria; inorganic contaminants such as salts and metals; pesticides and herbicides; radioactive contaminants; and organic chemical contaminants such as industrial and petroleum byproducts.

Meza said base environmental officials closely monitors these levels to ensure the Academy’s water is safe to drink and use.

Colorado Springs Utilities is the main supplier of the Academy’s water.  

See the U.S. Air Force Academy 2022 Drinking Water Quality Report here and the Colorado Springs Utilities 2022 Drinking Water Quality Report here.