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Sat May 5, 2018, 09:38 PM

Tap water in some Denver homes contains elevated lead. Now Denver Water, CDPHE and others

are fighting about what to do.
Denver Water detected elevated lead in 2012, but is pushing back on the state’s plan to correct it

By BRUCE FINLEY | [email protected] | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: May 3, 2018 at 7:01 pm | UPDATED: May 4, 2018 at 9:50 am

Six years after Denver Water detected elevated lead in tap water at some homes, state health officials have ordered the injection of a chemical into water supplies to slow lead-pipe corrosion — but utility officials are resisting.

The chemical, orthophosphate, would harm humans and hurt the South Platte River basin, worsening algae blooms and increasing the cost of cleaning wastewater, Denver Water contends. Utility officials propose solving the problem with a different chemical to lower the acidity of drinking water, combined with accelerated replacement of old lead plumbing.

This disagreement has escalated into a legal fight, with Denver’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Aurora and the Greenway Foundation battling the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in state court — possibly delaying action to deal with the problem.

No amount of lead in water is healthy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and even low levels can hurt children — slowing growth, impairing hearing and digestion, shortening attention spans and stunting academic achievement. CDPHE director Larry Wolk, a pediatrician, says removing lead from metro Denver tap water is an immediate top priority.

Denver Water officials have known at least since 2012 about the lead contamination, caused mostly by an estimated 58,000 lead pipelines between water mains and homes that are expensive to replace.

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/03/denver-tap-water-lead/

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turbinetree May 2018 OP
benld74 May 2018 #1
moondust May 2018 #3
pansypoo53219 May 2018 #2
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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 09:53 PM

1. Better listen to

Health experts and people who know water treatment
Please
Don’t wind up as Flint

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Response to benld74 (Reply #1)

Sat May 5, 2018, 10:49 PM

3. Or the 3000 areas worse than Flint.

Filed Dec. 19, 2016

A Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher than in the tainted Michigan city.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-lead-testing/

Maybe the Republican fake government should have fixed these and other infrastructure problems instead of wasting the country's time and money handing out big tax cuts to people who don't need them.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 10:02 PM

2. always lived in old houses. on instinct, always ran water til it was colder til i took some.

maybe following what grandparents did.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 11:10 PM

4. Found an older article that goes into a little more depth about which areas are affected

This is scary stuff!

How much lead is in your tap water? An analysis of EPA data found there are places n Colorado, where tests indicated an excessive amount of lead in tap water. https://www.9news.com/article/news/health/how-much-lead-is-in-your-tap-water/128601050

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