Where Does Denver’s Water Come From?

Apr 13 2015

Did you know that the Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink about 13 cups and women drink about 9 cups of beverages per day? Although they say “beverages”, the majority of the fluids that you intake should be water. This is A LOT of water to consume so it is normal to be curious about where exactly the water in your home came from. Learning about the source of your drinking water can also help you determine whether you should consider installing a water purification system in your home. Keep reading to learn about the source and treatment process of Denver water and why it may be beneficial to get an additional water purification system for your home or business.state capitol in denver

Denver’s Main Source of Water

The main source of Denver’s water is snow runoff that comes from the Rocky Mountains. It is composed entirely of surface water and travels through various rivers, streams, lakes, springs, and reservoirs from the South Platte River, Blue River, Williams Fork River and Fraser River. From here, there are five different reservoirs in the mountains that the water is stored. These reservoirs include: Antero, Cheesman, Eleven Mile Canyon, Gross, and Dillon. From here, the stored water then travels through streams, canals, and pipes before arriving to one of Denver’s three water treatment plants.  Once treated, it then goes through different pumps before arriving to a different reservoir that is underground and made specifically for treated water. Its last trip is through several different pipes before arriving to the final destination—your home or business.

The Municipal Water Treatment Process

  1. After traveling from the mountain reservoir, the untreated water is led into basins where alum and polymer are added. This creates larger particles.
  2. The larger particles that were created in the first step become heavy enough to settle to the bottom of the basin when sediment is then removed.
  3. The water filters through layers of fine sand or sand and coal. This removes the smaller, suspended particles which lead to clear, unclouded water.
  4. Disinfectant is added before it makes its way to the underground reservoirs so that it can be protected from any bacteria, viruses, or any other harmful contaminants along the way.
  5. Alkaline substances are added in order to maintain the proper pH balance and reduce corrosion throughout the distribution process and as it travels through the home or business’s plumbing system.

Remaining Contaminants and What You Can Do

Just like any municipal system, Denver’s water may contain a small trace of natural contaminants even after it undergoes the water treatment process. These contaminants usually come from natural minerals and rarely pose a health risk.  However, it is always best to be safe especially in the case that you or someone in your household is an infant, elderly, or has a compromised immune system. Having a water purification system in your home adds another level of purification that will eliminate any additional contaminants the city of Denver does not have control over.  After traveling through several hundreds to thousands of miles of city pipes before making its way to your glass of water, a water purification system gives homeowners and business owners the reassurance that the several glasses of water they are ingesting is improving their health rather than hindering it.

For more information on Denver’s municipal water, check out http://www.denverwater.org/.

For more information on Denver home and business water purification systems, go here.