Water Quality Reports & Testing

Water Quality Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that all community water systems provide their customers with an annual water quality report or Consumer Confidence Report. This requirement is part of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, as amended. The Town of Firestone does not operate its own treatment plant; however we do purchase treated water from Central Weld County Water District. Under these arrangements, they are the agency that would compile and report the data that the EPA requires.

Lead & Copper Testing

On a routine basis, the Town of Firestone conducts water sampling and testing in accordance with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Sources of Lead

Lead is a common metal found in the environment. The main sources of lead exposure are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust or soil. Drinking water is also a possible source of lead exposure. Most sources of drinking water have no lead or very low levels of lead. Most lead gets into drinking water after the water leaves the local well or treatment plant and comes into contact with plumbing materials containing lead. These include lead pipes, lead solder (commonly used until 1986), as well as faucets, valves and other components made of brass.

Health Effects of Lead

Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.

More Information

For more information call the Town of Firestone at 303-833-3544. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead, visit www.epa.gov/lead or contact a health care provider.

Firestone Public Water System ID: CO0162476

Additional Education about Lead and Copper

EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 800-426-4791