Wildfire aftermath: Contaminated drinking water

The 2021 Marshall Fire in Boulder County, Colorado, was a $2 billion disaster and damaged public drinking water systems and private wells that served more than 40,000 people.
Caroline Jankowski (right), a Purdue graduate student in environmental and ecological engineering, and Christian Ley, a University of Colorado Boulder postdoctoral associate and Purdue environmental and ecological engineering alumna, test water samples collected from Colorado’s Marshall Fire. (Purdue University photo/Andrew Whelton)
Private wells are particularly vulnerable to contamination from wildfires. Andrew Whelton, Purdue professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering, and his students spent a week in January 2022 conducting free water testing for these wells in the Boulder County, Colorado, area. Pictured is Kristofer Isaacson, a Purdue graduate student in environmental and ecological engineering. (Purdue University photo/Andrew Whelton)

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