Colorado celebrates Drinking Water Week with funds for local schools to test for lead

Meghan Trubee, Water Quality Control Division | 303-692-6351 | meghan.trubee@state.co.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2018
 
 
DENVER - Despite low snowpack or drought conditions, there always are workers in water treatment plants keeping a watchful eye on drinking water sent to Colorado communities. Drinking water week (May 6-12) recognizes the importance of certified operators and the impact their work has on the health of Colorado residents and visitors. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proclamation of Drinking Water Week recognizes that, despite natural disasters ranging from wildfires to floods, drinking water professionals are essential to reducing the risk of waterborne disease outbreaks and providing safe drinking water.
 
The proclamation for 2018 focuses on water as an essential but limited natural resource vital to protecting public health. While Coloradans generally have access to safe drinking water, aging infrastructure, growing population and other stresses are leaving some systems vulnerable to issues such as lead in the water. Drinking water systems in small towns often do not have the same resources available to address these issues as large systems.
 
Some schools and districts don’t know if their tap water contains lead, or if their students are vulnerable. The state is offering $300,000 per year for three years to help schools test their tap water for lead. Schools and districts can apply for up to $5,000 to take samples for lead.
 
To submit an application for funding please visit www.colorado.gov/cdphe/lead-school-testing-grants . Applications must be received by Friday, June 15, at 2 p.m.
 
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