Superior’s Municipal Water
The town of Superior, Colorado gets its municipal water from Marshall Lake and Carter Lake. Both sources are classified as “intake/water surface”.
According to the 2013 Town of Superior Water Quality Report, Superior’s tap water is safe to consume. No violations or restrictions are in place at this time. The report states that there are contaminants in the water. However, they are at a low enough level for it to be safe, and the report states that most water contains contaminants to some degree without being dangerous. The report notes that sources of contamination are soil run off, erosion of natural deposits, discharge from drilling, and discharge from petroleum and metal refineries. Prominent contaminants are Turbidity, Gross Alpha, Combined Radium, Barium, Selenium, and Fluoride, the last which is due to erosion but is also added into the water to “promote strong teeth”.
Obviously, human actions have caused a lot of contaminants to enter the water. Activities such as farming, mining, and refining are well known in Colorado, especially near Boulder. Superior was founded on mining one hundred years ago, but is now just a suburb between Boulder and Denver. One hundred years ago, knowledge about poisonous materials derived from mining and refining was not as good as it is now, so it is likely that waste products from back then may still and be lingering in the local environment, especially the water.
Although the report states these chemicals are diluted enough to not be harmful, it is still a little concerning to know substances like Gross Alpha, Combined Radium, Barium, and Selenium are in our water. I already knew they put Fluoride into the water on basis of promoting health. Fluoride, however, is very poisonous and is the main ingredient in rat poison, so I wonder how exactly they determined it was okay for consumption.
It is important to know about the things that surround you, especially things you consume like air, food, and especially water. In many places, people die from drinking contaminated water, or die from dehydration because they know the water is contaminated and don’t want to drink it, but do not have access to purified water. If human beings keep dumping garbage into our water supplies, especially radioactive chemicals and poison, then many, many people will die, along with all the animals, fish, birds, and other species that all depend on water.
Map of Superior’s location.
Map of Marshall Lake’s location.
Town of Superior 2013 Water Quality Report. Rep. Town of Superior, 2012. Web. 13. Nov. 2013.
KW Boulder. Superior, CO. Map. Boulder: Keller Williams, n.d. Print.
“Google Maps.” Map. Google Maps. Google, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.