Lead in Water

National Focus on Reducing Lead in Drinking Water 

  • Because twenty percent of the average American's exposure to lead is through drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated the Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Rule.
  • To meet this federal requirement, Aspen began monitoring lead and copper levels at a number of residences beginning in 1992.
  1. Aspen's Monitoring Program & Results
  2. Water Quality Resources
  • Metals such as lead and copper are introduced into drinking water mainly from home plumbing where copper pipes and lead solder are commonly found.
  • Aspen's most recent Water Consumer Confidence Report provides required monitoring and consumer confidence information.
  • For lead and copper testing, the city samples 30 homes every year. Samples are collected at the tap, after water has been in contact with the in-house plumbing overnight. The "first flush" sample is intended to capture worst-case metal levels.
  • Lead and copper levels from the city's testing have been below the regulatory action level. The regulatory lead and copper action levels are 0.015 and 1.3 parts per million (ppm), respectively.
  • The city's 2020 results from lead and copper testing did not exceed any regulatory action levels requiring changes to treatment techniques. 
  • Along with annual testing, the city does material evaluations and reviews building records to help further reduce lead and copper in drinking water. 

Have Questions about Lead in Water?

  • For questions about lead and your health, please contact the City's Environmental Health Department at 970-920-5039 or EH@cityofaspen.com.
  • For questions about Aspen's water treatment and distribution system, please contact the City's Water Department at 970-920-5110 or wateradmin@cityofaspen.com.