Environmental Health is the branch of Public Health that seeks to enhance human wellbeing by monitoring and improving environmental conditions. Services provided through Environmental Health aim to promote quality management of natural resources including air, water, and soil, and to maintain the health of the communities that use them.
Gilpin County Public Health has a water quality lab certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It is recommended that all private wells be tested by the owner every year for bacteria, which is the most common cause of well contamination. We can test your well water for total coliform bacteria and E.coli for a $25.00 fee. (cash or check only)
To Have Your Well Water Tested:
- Come to our office and pick up a sample bottle and instructions; please follow the instructions carefully.
We cannot accept samples that are over or under the fill line.
- Drop off the sample within 24 hours of collecting it at our office with your payment
- NOTE: Samples are only accepted Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 PM. Results will be emailed to you within 48 hours.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occuring odorless and colorless radioactive gas that originates from uranium within the soil. Exposure to radon, particularly for prolonged periods of time, has been connected to increased risk of lung cancer. Radon exposure is most harmful within enclosed spaces such as homes, schools, and office buildings where the gas is unable to naturally disperse.
Colorado experiences high levels of radon statewide. Fortunately, there are many effective tools for identifying, monitoring, and reducing indoor radon levels.
- Gilpin County Radon Resources