Is Water Filtration the Answer for Denver Schools?

Is Water Filtration the Answer for Denver Schools?

Did you know that approximately every three out of four children in Colorado have detectable levels of lead in their bloodstream? Lead in water is a major public health issue in the United States. While anyone can be affected, children are at an increased risk. Lead in water can cause children to develop severe health problems such as damage to the brain and nervous system, developmental issues, learning and behavior problems, memory issues, and hearing and speech problems. In severe cases, it can cause cancer, seizures, coma, and death. 

That’s why a new state law requires Colorado schools to start testing their drinking water for lead. If elevated levels of lead are found, schools are required to take immediate action to resolve the issue. In other words, water filtration for Denver schools may become a new requirement in the near future. 

How Serious Is Lead Contamination in Colorado Schools?

A recent study found that more than 50% of U.S. children under the age have detectable levels of lead in their bloodstream. According to the CDC, there is no safe level of lead. In Colorado, it’s estimated that about 72% of children have lead in their system. 

Schools and childcare facilities are at greater risk because they are often housed in buildings with old plumbing. Outdated plumbing like old pipes and faucets is known to cause problems with lead.

New Law Requires Lead Testing in Denver & Colorado Schools

Due to growing concerns about lead, a new law called “Clean Water In Schools And Child Care Centers” will require schools to begin testing for lead in drinking water. Schools have until May 31, 2023 to complete testing. 

If elevated levels of lead are found, the school must undertake remediation efforts and/or install a water filter. The law also allocates funds that would make it financially possible for schools to undertake these efforts. 

In the very near future, we may see a number of schools installing water filtration systems in Denver. 

How Does Water Filtration Remove Lead?

There are a number of water filtration systems that can be used to remove lead in water. These include Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems, activated carbon filters, and distillation. 

Reverse Osmosis Systems are one of the most common and effective methods. These systems use pressure to force water through a semipermeable membrane that removes contaminants. Depending on the exact model, a water filtration system of this type can remove up to 99% of lead.

Learn More about Water Filtration

Water Works is the trusted source for water filtration in Denver. For more information on lead in water or water filtration systems, please contact our office. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and make recommendations based on your goals and needs.

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