Our goal: Get lead service lines out of our community
Property owners are responsible for service lines, but Denver Water supports recommendations by the American Water Works Association and the National Drinking Water Advisory Council that utilities create plans for removing all lead service lines in their systems, with a shared responsibility among regulatory agencies, governments, utilities and customers.
If you have a lead service line, the best way to remove lead from water is to replace that line with copper in full, from the water main into your home.
Your contractor can review the scope of work for replacing lead service lines to ensure all of the steps are completed.
Replacing a lead service line can be a financial challenge, so Denver Water has partnered in 2017 with Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) to provide financing to replace these lines.
Under the program, which is serving as a trial for a potential wider-scale program in the future, DURA issues loans with interest rates of zero to 2 percent and repayment periods of 5 to 15 years, based on income. Eligibility requirements include owning a single-family home or duplex in the City and County of Denver or a Total Service distributor. Contact DURA at 303-534-3872 to learn more.
Not sure whether your service line is made of lead?
Denver Water does not have these records, because property owners own the lines. If your home was built and water tap installed before 1951, your line may contain lead. For help finding this information:
- Call Denver Water at 303-893-2444.
- Hire a plumber to check your line's material.
- Try this simple at-home test to get an initial indication.
- See map of Denver neighborhoods by building age.
When Denver Water finds a lead service line
Currently, when we encounter a lead service line in the course of certain planned construction projects such as pipe replacement, we replace that line entirely with copper. To protect residents’ health, we provide a filter and this important handout: After Lead Service Line Replacement (PDF).
How to flush your faucets after lead service line replacement: