Aug 13, 2020

Colorado Town Homes Find Elevated Lead in Water

Five homes in Frisco, Colorado found elevated lead in water levels

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Frisco, Colorado officials received results from a recent test of the town’s water sources.

According to Frisco’s Marketing and Communications Director Vanessa Agee, the town retested the three water sources and found that lead was below detectable levels.

In July, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment notified Frisco that five out of 40 tested homes exceeded allowable lead levels in their water, which is 15 ppb. 

This is the second time in over two years that Frisco homes showed elevated levels of lead in water. The problem is lead leaching off old pipes and fixtures inside homes, according to the Summit Daily.

Frisco is working to install a pH adjustment system at all of the town’s source water locations, according to Agee. This would adjust pH levels to a more neutral range to help prevent lead leaching off piping, which was causing the elevated levels.

Frisco tested all four of its water sources and determined they were below limits, reported the Summit Daily. Three water sources registered below detectable levels for lead and one showed 1 ppb.

According to Agee, the town is currently expecting results from new tests on its water sources at any moment. 

“It’s important for us to be transparent,” said Agee. “We have an immense amount of confidence in our water, and we don’t want to undermine that confidence by not being timely.”

The U.S. EPA requires Frisco to test 40 homes every six months since the presence of lead in water often comes from corrosive household plumbing materials.

Frisco will be installing a pH adjustment system at all of the town’s source water locations to adjust pH to a more neutral range in order to mitigate the issue.

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