CDPHE seeks volunteers who were exposed to Widefield aquifer pollution

Widefield aquifer via the Colorado Water Institute.

From KOAA.com (Jessica Barreto):

Investigators with the Colorado School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Mines are looking for volunteers who were exposed to tainted water in the Fountain, Security and Widefield area back in 2015…

“The compounds are persistent so they are still in people’s bodies, likely if they were exposed,” said Dr. John Adgate, principal investigator at the Colorado School of Public Health.

In order to know for sure, for their sake and the sake of those affected, researchers will need to look at blood samples.

“It’s important for individuals because they’ll get to know what their body burden is, what their levels are,” Dr. Adgate added.

Investigators will use those blood samples to see whether immune function, liver function and cholesterol levels changed because of the previous exposure to those chemicals.

These blood samples, along with samples from private wells in Fountain and Security, will also help researchers figure out how long the contamination was occurring prior to 2015.

Liz Rosenbaum, founder of the Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition, says it’s important the community learn more about these possible health effects.

“We need to be aware of what we’ve been exposed to, potential health effects later on in our lives so we can deal with it so it’s not a surprise,” she said.

A $275,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is helping fund the study.

Right now, researchers need more than 200 volunteers to sign up and they plan to follow up with 50 volunteers again the following year so see how these compounds are changing over time…

Volunteers will also have to fill out a questionnaire and they’ll receive a gift card for participating.

In order to qualify for this study you must meet the following criteria:

  • be 18 years old or older
  • live within the affected area for at least 3 years
  • be a non-smoker (tobacco and marijuana within the past 12 months)
  • cannot be pregnant
  • cannot have certain serious chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes or lupus
  • You can find out out how sign up for the study here.

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