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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Denver Water Launches Lead Reduction Program

House with highlights of where lead could be found in water

State and federal health officials have given Denver Water the go-ahead to fast-track the removal of lead service lines in the Wheat Ridge service area.

In December 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment signed off on Denver Water’s proposal to launch its Lead Reduction Program.

The water we deliver to 1.5 million people in the city and surrounding suburbs is lead-free. The program will reduce the likelihood of lead getting into the drinking water as it passes through lead-containing household plumbing and service lines that are owned by the customer.

The program, which will take 15 years to complete, will remove and replace lead service lines at no charge to the customer. Customers who have or are suspected of having a lead service line will receive a free water filter certified to remove lead, and replacement cartridges, until six months after their line is replaced.

The program has five main components:

  • pH adjustment: Increasing the pH level of the water to reduce the risk of lead and other metals getting into drinking water from lead service lines or household plumbing.
  • Inventory: Developing and maintaining a publicly accessible inventory of all customer-owned lead service lines in Denver Water’s service area. The service line is the pipe that brings water into the home from the main in the street.
  • Lead Service Line Replacement: Replacing all of these lead service lines with copper lines at no direct charge to the customer.
  • Filter Program: Providing a free water pitcher, filter and replacement filters, certified to remove lead, to all customers suspected of having lead services lines until six months after their line is replaced.
  • Ongoing: Communication, outreach and education programs.

Having a lead service line doesn’t necessarily mean there is an elevated level of lead in the water, but a lead service line can contribute to elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

For more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsD327Ow_Hs&feature=youtu.be

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