What’s in Denver’s Tap Water?

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When it comes to your water, we always hope that your it is clean, fresh, and tastes great. However, that’s not always the case. While water is purified before it enters your home, there’s still a risk for contaminants to enter the water before it goes through your tap. What about Denver’s water? Is it relatively clean or is there a risk for contaminants? Here’s what you need to know about Denver’s water.

About Denver’s Water

Denver, Colorado has some of the cleanest water in the US. According to the annual Water Quality Report for Denver, your water comes from a combination of sources, such as rivers, lakes, streams, and wells. Contaminants enter your water by picking up other contaminants from the ground as the water travels to reservoirs and other water sources. However, these contaminants are usually not a problem because Colorado’s water treatment facilities treat the water with a five-step process to remove any impurities from the water.

How is Denver’s Water Purified?

Denver’s water goes through an extensive five-step treatment process to purify its water. First, the water is sent through mixing basins where alum and polymer are added to make smaller contaminants stick together so they are bigger. Once those contaminants are big enough, the big sediments are removed through a sedimentation process. The smaller contaminants are then filtered out. Once all the particles have been removed, the water is disinfected with fluoride and other disinfectants at safe levels for human consumption. Finally, the acidity of the water is balanced to prevent the pipes from corroding from an overly acidic or basic water.

Is There Still a Risk?

The water treatment plants in Denver do successfully meet EPA standards for water quality, but there is still a chance that contaminants can enter your water. Once water leaves the treatment plants, it enters your home’s plumbing system, and many older homes were originally built with lead soldering in pipes. If your home was built before 1988, your home may have lead soldering. While unlikely, there is still a chance that lead and other harmful pollutants can enter your tap water through your pipes, especially because of mineral buildup and pipe corrosion. These contaminants can lead to lead poisoning, other health issues, and corroded pipes.

While the EPA does regulate your tap water, it’s important to note that the EPA doesn’t require that all contaminants are removed from the water, and some potentially harmful substances can still be in it, even though they are at levels considered acceptable by the EPA. Some of these contaminants may cause health issues with those who have a compromised immune system or for those who are pregnant.

Advantages of a Water Purifier

If you find yourself in an area or a home where the plumbing is affecting the quality of your water, a water purifier can make sure that your water not only tastes great, but it’s free of contaminants, too. Some of the advantages of having a water purifier are:

  • Save money on bottled water
  • Know what’s in your water
  • Great tasting water
  • Crystal clear ice cubes
  • Better for the environment than bottled water

If you’re worried about the quality of your water, especially if your plumbing is old, don’t invest in bottles of water. Instead, check out our free home water evaluation. We can help you know what’s actually in your water to see if a water purifier would be worth it in your home.