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Denver Water

Established in 1918, Denver Water is Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility. The utility estimates there are 64,000 – 84,000 properties that may have lead service lines in its service area. To replace these lead lines, Denver Water is taking an accelerated, holistic approach that significantly reduces lead exposure.

Project at a Glance

Utility Overview

  • Utility: Denver Water
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Population served: 1.5 million
  • Service area: 335 square miles


  • Elevated Levels of lead in Drinking Water
  • Aging and Damaged Infrastructure
  • Equity and Affordability


  • A Lead Reduction Program with a holistic approach that significantly reduces lead exposure without adding chemicals to the Denver Water system and area waterways.

Program Costs and Funding Sources

  • Total project cost: $676,675,000
  • Funding Sources:
    • Water rates
    • Revenue bonds
    • New service fees
    • Hydropower generation

Benefits of Denver Water's LSLR Program

Reduced Risks from Lead Exposure
Water Quality Compliance
Improved Drinking Water Quality
Water Supply Resilience
Increased Access to Benefits
Community & Public Health Engagement

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