Lead in Water

National Focus on Reducing Lead in Drinking Water 

  • Because twenty percent of the average American's exposure to lead is through drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated the Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Rule.
  • To meet this federal requirement, Aspen began monitoring lead and copper levels at a number of residences beginning in 1992.
  1. Aspen's Monitoring Program
  2. Water Quality Resources
  3. Aspen's Monitoring Results
  4. Reducing Lead in Aspen
  • Metals such as lead and copper are introduced into drinking water mainly from home plumbing where copper pipes and lead solder are commonly found.
  • Aspen's corrosion control at its water treatment plants reduces the tendency for lead and copper to dissolve out of home plumbing and also helps reduce the incidence of "rusty water" due to corrosion of iron pipes.
  • Aspen's most recent Water Consumer Confidence Report (PDF) provides required monitoring and consumer confidence information.

Have Questions about Lead in Water?

  • For questions about lead and your health, please contact the City's Environmental Health Department at 970-920-5039 or EH@cityofaspen.com.
  • For questions about Aspen's water treatment and distribution system, please contact the City's Water Department at 970-920-5110 or wateradmin@cityofaspen.com.