May 27: Backflow prevention device testing violation

Colorado State University will be receiving from the state of Colorado Division of Regulatory Agencies a Tier 2 violation for failure to test backflow prevention devices. These tests are a requirement for all public drinking water systems. As a water provider, CSU is required to provide notice of any violations associated with the drinking water system to the entire campus community served by the water system that had the violation. All backflow prevention devices are now in compliance and our drinking water is safe.

CSU operates several water systems on our campuses. The system affected by this violation is known as Main & West and includes Main Campus and University Village Apartments and offices. We conduct regular testing on these systems, including coliform, chlorine, disinfection byproducts, lead and copper analyses, and backflow prevention devices (BFP). BFP devices are required to be tested once per year.

CSU has 476 total backflow prevention devices on its Main and West system. We received a violation because our water system did not test 49 of these devices in 2021 within 90 days. We completed the testing of these missed devices in 119 days. In 2021, we tested 427 devices, and by May 17, 2022, we tested 476 devices (100%).

As required by the state, all members of the campus community on Main and West Campus are to be notified.

CSU tests the water quality on its Fort Collins campuses at 30 representative locations every month. These tests are for chlorine levels in the water. The tests also include a check for any coliform bacteria in the water. CSU also tests for lead and copper in the drinking water at 30 locations every three years (conducted annually through 2021), and for disinfection byproducts at four locations quarterly. About every two years, as dictated by US EPA, we conduct Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring to assist the US EPA in identifying new contaminants that might need to be regulated in drinking water.

FAQs for Notices on Backflow Prevention Testing Device Violation

Why am I receiving this notice? As a water provider, CSU is required to provide notice of any violations associated with the drinking water system to the entire campus community served by the water system that had the violation.

What are the state’s requirements for testing? CSU operates several water systems on our campuses.  The system affected by this violation is known as Main & West and includes Main Campus and University Village Apartments and offices.  We conduct regular testing on these systems, including coliform, chlorine, disinfection byproducts, lead and copper analyses, and backflow prevention devices (BFP). BFP devices are required to be tested once per year.

What is a backflow device?  Backflow preventers (BFP) are testable assemblies that work like one way valves.  They are typically located where the water pipe(s) enter the building. If there is a backflow event in a building, a BFP device contains that problem to that building by not letting water flow backwards into the water mains. This video explains the purpose of a backflow prevention device.

What does testing backflow devices entail/determine?  Backflow assemblies are tested annually to make sure all the seals are good and that there is no leakage that would allow water to flow backwards through the device.

How many devices were not tested by the 2021 deadline? 49

How many total devices does CSU maintain on the Main & West system? 476

How many are not in current compliance? None – All of the devices that missed the testing deadline were tested by May 17, 2022

Who is receiving this notice/how is it being distributed?  As required by the state, all members of the campus community on Main and West Campus are being notified.  Residents living on campus received a hard copy, while academic buildings received postings in places where water is used (like breakrooms).

Who can I contact if I have questions/concerns?  Susanne Cordery, 970-567-1065, Susanne.cordery@colostate.edu

How does CSU test its drinking water? CSU tests the water quality on its Fort Collins campuses at 30 representative locations every month.  These tests are for chlorine levels in the water. The tests also include a check for any coliform bacteria in the water.  CSU also tests for lead and copper in the drinking water at 30 locations every three years (conducted annually through 2021), and for disinfection byproducts at four locations quarterly. About every two years, as dictated by US EPA, we conduct Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring to assist the US EPA in identifying new contaminants that might need to be regulated in drinking water. 

What buildings are involved in this notice? All of the buildings on the Main and West Campus that are served by the CSU drinking water distribution system.  Note that there are a handful of buildings on campus (i.e. Routt Hall) that are served directly by City water mains and are not included in this notification.

When will be issue be resolved?  All devices are now in compliance.  The BFP devices that were not tested in 2021 were tested by May 17, 2022, so the issue has been resolved.

April 21: Extreme fire danger expected tomorrow

Dear university community,

Our emergency management office has been notified of concern for wildfire tomorrow, Friday, April 22, due to extremely dry conditions and forecasted high winds. The National Weather Service forecasts strong winds in the area of up to 60 miles per hour, particularly after mid-afternoon and into the evening.

Any fires would rapidly spread during such windy and dry conditions, and would be difficult, if not impossible, to control.

The National Weather Service also advises to avoid travel east of Denver Friday afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m., if possible, through the evening due to the potential of blowing dust causing low visibility.

During periods of high fire danger, please take extra precautions to avoid inadvertently starting a wildfire.

  • Do not start a campfire if you go camping.
  • Many wildfires are started when people drive vehicles on roads that are not paved or over grass or weeds. Vehicle exhausts can reach more than 1,000 degrees – do not drive or park over dry grass or weeds. Vehicles can also shoot sparks from their exhaust. If you must drive in a grassy area, carry a shovel and fire extinguisher.
  • Do not pull your vehicle into a grassy area on the side of a road. Stay on a paved shoulder.
  • Do not burn trash, leaves or any materials.
  • Use extreme caution when using equipment such as chainsaws, grinding tools, welders, etc. Do not use these tools near dry grass, weeds or trees.
  • Do not set off fireworks or shoot firearms.
  • Do not burn candles or burn fires in firepits, outdoor fireplaces, barrels, etc.
  • Do not mow or trim dry grass during this period of fire danger.
  • Dispose of cigarettes, cigars and other similar items in an ashtray.

If you see a wildfire start or burning, call or text 911 immediately with as much information as possible.

If strong winds are present, please also use caution when driving and walking near trees; be on the lookout for breaking limbs.

Stay safe. Thank you,

The Public Safety Team

College Ave southbound traffic closure

April 12 6:40 p.m.: Southbound traffic is closed on College Ave at Lake St. due to a tree blown over by strong winds. Please avoid area and use alternative route.

University on regular schedule on Feb. 3

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Colorado State University will be on a regular academic and operational schedule  on Thursday, Feb. 3.

This week’s storm has created areas where travel is challenging, and several local school districts have announced that they are opening tomorrow on a delayed start schedule.

Please treat this as you would any other personal situation and contact your instructors or supervisor to discuss if you are unable to make scheduled work or academic activities.

We ask supervisors and instructors to use good judgment in accommodating employees and students who may have a difficult or long commute or who may be impacted by child care needs due to school district schedules.

Please be cautious while traveling to, from and around campuses and consider using public transportation instead of driving.

For more information about how the university determines a weather closure, seehttps://source.colostate.edu/university-guidelines-weather-closure/.

Thank you,

The Public Safety Team

Closing Feb. 2 due to forecast

CSU is closing and canceling all operations Wednesday, Feb. 2. All in-person, hybrid and remote classes and operations (meetings, work functions) are closed or canceled for all Larimer County campuses.

  

This closure is based on forecasts that include a period of below zero temperatures that may impact travel, public transportation, and other operation. The forecast is also calling for increasing snow as forecasts evolve. In addition, several local school districts have already closed for the day in anticipation of extreme cold and a relatively significant amount of snow, creating childcare challenges for employees and students.

 

This closure includes all COVID screening and testing sites. The vaccine clinic scheduled at Moby is also postponed.

 

For more information about weather related decisions and how they are communicated, see https://source.colostate.edu/university-guidelines-weather-closure/. 

 

CSU employees with essential or emergency duties should coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status. These employees may include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing & Dining, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories, and student-facing services. 

 

The university closure generally extends to employees who are assigned to a Larimer County campus and who are working on site or remotely today; however employees who work remotely should refer to the teleworking policy at http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=776 and their memorandums of understanding with their units for more information about their work obligations during a university closure. Remote employees with essential duties, for example, may be required to continue to work from their remote location.  

 

Check www.safety.colostate.edu for updates on the status of operations at the university. Information also will be available on local media outlets and CSU’s social media networks. 

 

Please watch local news outlets and local agency websites for information about travel and continue to avoid all travel while driving conditions are becoming dangerous. Unless you are required to be on a campus, please do not report to university grounds. Parked cars (other than those in designated residence hall lots) on campuses during and immediately after storms make it extremely difficult for Facilities Management crews to clear snow from parking lots and streets. 

Jan. 19, 9 p.m.: CSU on late start schedule, Thursday, Jan. 20

Dear students, faculty and staff,

CSU is opening on a late start on Thursday, Jan. 20. All in-person, hybrid and remote classes, labs, events, work activities and meetings scheduled to begin before 10 a.m. are canceled. All in-person, hybrid and remote classes, labs, events, work activities and meetings scheduled to start at or after 10 a.m. will be held at their normal times.

This late start applies to all Larimer County campuses.

This decision was based on information from weather forecasts for mid-morning tomorrow. In addition, Facilities crews will work overnight and early tomorrow morning to sand roads, sidewalks and parking lots. Starting late will provide them with additional time to address conditions on campuses.

Be careful when traveling to and around campuses; conditions should be much improved by late start, but some icy patches may remain.

If you feel you cannot travel to campuses safely, please contact your professors or supervisor to make arrangements.

Closure information is also available at safety.colostate.edu.

Information for faculty and staff

  • All regular employees who are scheduled to work are granted administrative leave for their normal work hours during this closure.
  • Temporary hourly and student employees are not eligible for paid leave during this closure.
  • Employees who are already on leave, such as on sick, annual or other leave, will not be paid additional administrative leave for the period of this closure.
  • Human Resources will message to supervisors and Human Resources community members within units with more information about how to manage leave for employees.

Employees with essential emergency duties

  • CSU employees with essential emergency duties should coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status and whether they need to report to work earlier than the late start as scheduled.
  • Human Resources will message to supervisors and Human Resources community members within units with more information about how to enter time for employees with essential emergency duties.
  • Employees with essential emergency duties include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing & Dining Services, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories.

 

Thank you,

The Public Safety Team

Jan. 19, 2022, 12:30 p.m.: CSU is closing at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, due to deteriorating weather conditions, forecasts and information about icy conditions on and off campuses. Classes that are not already in session are canceled immediately to prevent students and employees from traveling to campus, and to give time for travel home. All in-person, hybrid and remote classes and operations (meetings, work functions, events) are closed or canceled for all Larimer County campuses.

Please give yourself time to get home and considering leaving campuses between now and 3 p.m., when the closure goes into effect. Conditions on campuses are icy and Facilities Management is working clear walkways and roads of ice, but temperatures will remain below freezing and will drop as evening approaches.

As you leave campuses by vehicle, please watch for pedestrians.

  • CSUPD is on accident alert. This means that if there is an accident on university property and it does NOT involve an injury, serious damage to a vehicle or property, or a possibly impaired driver, you should exchange information with the other driver and make a report online at https://dmv.colorado.gov/report-accident. Fort Collins Police Services is also on accident alert.
  • Transfort has temporarily suspended bus services across the city, including Around the Horn and the foothills campus shuttle, and will reevaluate their status at 1 p.m. For up-to-the-minute updates from Transfort, see http://ridetransfort.com/.
    • Please use the bus tracker online or on the Transfort app to watch for the arrival of your bus or shuttle; Transfort advises that service will be slow.
    • The first floor of the north side of Lory Student Center will remain open through the afternoon so students and employees can wait for their buses or make arrangements for rides home, if needed.

Our Public Safety Team is monitoring the National Weather Service forecast, and the winter weather advisory is currently scheduled to expire at 8 p.m. The men’s basketball game vs New Mexico, which starts at 8 p.m., will proceed as scheduled due to the expiration of the weather advisory, but fans are encouraged to consider weather conditions before traveling to the game.

Closure information also is available at www.safety.colostate.edu.

CSU employees with emergency duties are asked to coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status. Emergency employees include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories.

Jan. 19, 2022: Icy conditions

Fort Collins is on accident alert due to a layer of ice on roads; walk ways are also icy. As you go about your day, please take it slow. We encourage supervisors and instructors to be flexible due to the extra time it may take to get to and around campuses. Our Facilities Management team is working diligently to address icy spots on campuses, however, temperatures today will remain cold to icy spots are likely to remain throughout the day.

Jan. 6, 2022: CSU Open on regular schedule

CSU will be open on a regular schedule today. Please use caution when traveling to campuses and when driving and walking on campuses. The city and county indicate that road crews are keeping up with clearing roads, but some travel may be difficult.

There is a wind chill advisory in place until 9 a.m. School districts are running on a two-hour delayed start, so we encourage supervisors and instructors to be flexible when working with employees and students who may need to start their day after their children arrive at school.

If you feel you cannot get to a campus due to weather and road conditions, please treat this as you would any other personal emergency and contact your instructors or supervisor to discuss your situation.