El Paso County Water Contamination

McDivitt Law Firm has started filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals affected water contamination in the Security, Fountain and Widefield areas of El Paso. These cases are filed against The 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products L.P. and others. Residents who have been exposed to the contaminated water may have an increased risk of developing one of the following diseases:

  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension (including preeclampsia)
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

 If you have questions about the water contamination lawsuits, please contact McDivitt Law Firm for more information.

August, 2018 Update: Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency visited Colorado Springs in August, 2018, as one of three stops on a nationwide listening tour to hear from community members affected by pollutants in their water. McDivitt Law Firm was on hand to learn more about what the EPA is planning to do to protect residents from being exposed to toxic compounds in the future. An article in The Colorado Springs Gazette outlined the steps the EPA is taking at this time.

March 2018 Update: McDivitt has received many inquiries from community members in the area concerned about their pets who may have fallen ill from the contaminated water. Unfortunately, pets are not included in the law suit. KKTV covered the story, as did The Colorado Springs Gazette.

January 2018 Update: CBS News recently spoke with McDivitt Law Firm and a few of its clients about the water contamination found in the Fountain, Security and Widefield areas. For the latest on this case, and to hear personal stories from residents who believe they have been adversely affected by the contaminated water, please see the story from CBS This Morning.

In a report released by the Air Force on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, it was confirmed that there are multiple sites on Peterson Air Force Base which tested positive for high amounts of perfluorinated compound (PFCs) contamination. PFCs are chemicals that are found in numerous products, including firefighting foam. The Air Force has used this foam for several decades to put out fires in firefighting training drills. McDivitt Law Firm is investigating whether this foam could have seeped into the groundwater and eventually been transported in the local drinking water. With all of the current information regarding the contaminated water in the Fountain, Security and Widefield area, McDivitt Law Firm does intend to file a suit against the manufacturer of the firefighting foam. Several water tests conducted in the communities of Fountain, Security, and Widefield have confirmed the presence of perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA) and/or perflurooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in the public drinking water supply. If you live or own property in this area you may have property damage or potential personal injury claims. PFOA and PFOS are perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are substances often used in manufacturing and industrial settings for their useful properties, including fire resistance and oil, stain, grease and water repellency. PFCs are used to make things like carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food and other materials that are resistant to water, grease or stains. According to the EPA, these chemicals are of particular concern as they have been shown to be toxic to laboratory animals and wildlife. An EPA advisory panel unanimously recommended that PFOA should be considered cancer-causing, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified PFOA as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” 

For more information, you can also reference our El Paso County Contaminated Water FAQ page. 

El Paso County Contaminated Water FAQ

In May of 2016, the EPA lowered its health advisory levels (the levels recommended) for certain PFCs, including PFOA, in drinking water. The EPA lowered the level to 70 parts per trillion. They did so over concerns regarding low birth weight, as well as, studies linking PFC exposure to kidney and testicular cancers. Results from 95 samples taken in El Paso County have revealed elevated levels of PFOA and PFOS in the drinking water supply. In some instances, the levels were 20 times higher than the levels recommended by EPA guidelines.

These chemicals have been linked to various diseases and cancers including:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
  • Fertility Issues (Pregnancy issues, miscarriages, low birth weight)

Unfortunately, at this time researchers don’t know what the long term medical outcome may be for those exposed to high rates of PFOA. If you own a private well in the Security/Widefield/Fountain area and it has not been tested or exceeds the EPA’s health advisory, please consider other sources of water. For an interactive map to see if your area contains elevated levels of PFC please click here. McDivitt Law Firm has been serving those injured due to others carelessness and negligence for decades. As a member of the Southern Colorado community, McDivitt Law Firm wants to make sure that those who may have been exposed to these toxic chemicals are aware of potential lawsuits against those responsible for the exposure.