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Routt County, Colorado
P.O. Box 773598
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Ph: (970) 879-0108
Fx: (970) 879-3992

Water Quality
Water Testing
The Routt County Department of Environmental Health analyzes water from public water supplies and privately owned wells for Coliform bacteria.  The goal of the lab is to reduce the potential risk of waterborne disease and illness by providing an affordable and convenient water testing service.

Testing Available
Bacteriological water test kits are available at:  
  • Routt County Department of Environmental Health
    136 6th Street, Second Floor
    Steamboat Springs, CO  80477
  • Ph: (970) 870-5588
  • Samples accepted Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Present throughout the soil are naturally occurring bacteria, referred to as coliforms, which may enter the water supply of individual wells. Although coliform bacteria are not pathogenic, or disease-causing, themselves, their presence may indicate that other, more difficult to detect bacteria or viruses are also present. The level of coliform bacteria in a sample is reported as "present" or "absent," rather than reporting the number of bacteria.

Unsafe Water Report
If any coliform bacteria are found in the water supply, the word "Present" will be reflected in the results section of the lab form next to Total Coliform. Any total coliform detected means the water was determined to be unsafe. These bacteria indicate that some part of the water system is subject to contamination, and the contaminants may be bacteria that could cause illness.

E.coli is a subset of Total Coliform and its presence indicates recent fecal contamination. The water should be boiled for 10 minutes or an alternate water source should be used for drinking, food preparation, and dishwashing until the water problem has been solved. Caution should also be taken not to swallow any untreated water during tooth brushing or bathing.

For More Information
Bacteria in Water Wells

State-certified laboratories

Contact Us

Scott Cowman
Environmental Health Director

Heather Savalox

Senior Environmental Health Specialist

Rick Melzer
Environmental Health Specialist

Gina Cadrecha
Administrative Assistant

Environmental Health Department
Routt County Courthouse Annex
136 6th Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 770087
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Ph: (970) 870-5588
Fx: (970) 870-5404

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday