Town of Poncha Springs
Failure to Test Backflow Prevention Devices

Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this situation is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

As of 2020, the state drinking water program requires that all public drinking water systems test 90% of backflow prevention devices annually. We received a violation because we had only tested 87% of devices for the year of 2021. Backflow prevention devices are tested by a third party coordinated by business owners. The town unexpectedly lost our main backflow assembly tester and struggled to find another tester to keep in compliance.

What is being done?

The town has since acquired a new backflow prevention assembly tester and has achieved the compliance ratio for the year of 2022.

What does this mean?  What should I do?

It is not necessary to switch to an alternative drinking water supply.

Uncontrolled cross connections can lead to a back pressure or siphonage event that may allow contaminants or disease-causing organisms to enter the drinking water, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches.

If you have an infant, severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your doctor about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

All problems were resolved by 1/1/2023. For more information, please contact Sean Kelly at or 719.851.0578, or PO Box 190.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*

This notice is being sent to you by:   Town of Poncha Springs, - CO-0108650
Date distributed: 1/6/2023

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No Outside watering allowed  between the hours of 
10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

In order to conserve water and reduce the demand on the Town of Poncha Springs municipal water system the following water restrictions are in place, and will be enforced, April 1 – October 31 of every year, for users of the town’s municipal water:

Residences with an address ending in an odd number will be permitted to use municipal water for outside use on lawns, gardens, etc, on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Residences with an address ending in an even number will be permitted to use municipal water for outside use on lawns, gardens, etc. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

No outside watering will be allowed on Mondays.

Outside watering will be allowed ONLY between the hours of
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on regularly scheduled watering days.

The town reserves the right to further restrict the use of the municipal water system for outside watering purposes. Persons that have the ability to water outside with their private wells or through use of the municipal ditch system are strongly encouraged to do so. Questions?? Call 539-6882

333 Burnett Avenue / PO Box 190 / Poncha Springs, CO 81242 / Phone: 719-539-6882 / Fax: 719-539-6898