The Town continues its required water testing by the CDPHE every
six months, with the most recent completed in December 2015. This
testing requires the Town to sample both the municipal water supply and
take samples from inside the internal plumbing of 40 homes built prior
to 1986. These homes are selected through State requirements that
mandate the Town to sample older homes that potentially have lead based
plumbing fixtures or joints. Of the 40 home samples taken, six
homes built before 1986 were found to have lead levels that exceeded the
maximum contaminate level for lead in the drinking water, which is
15ppb. This is due to the internal plumbing of the homes.
While the Town’s water supply was completely safe and met regulations in July 2015, it was discovered that 11 homes built before 1986 have water within the home’s internal plumbing with high lead levels. The lead levels found within these homes exceeded the maximum contaminate level for lead in the drinking water, which is 15ppb. As per the requirements from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, the Town of Firestone notified public education materials to all billing customers on Oct. 15, 2015. This notice provides information on what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and to learn what the Town of Firestone is doing to address this problem.