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Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program created 300 good-paying jobs during
its first year. Photo credit: Denver Water.
need to deliver essential water service for all,” Regan said in a
statement after the call.
The water Denver Water delivers to homes and businesses is lead-free,
but lead can get into water as it passes through customer-owned
service lines that contain lead.
The Lead Reduction Program, which launched in January 2020,
will replace the estimated 64,000 to 84,000 customer-owned
lead service lines, the primary source of lead in drinking water, in
Denver Water’s service area by the end of 2035 at no direct cost to
Many people and factors contributed to the first year’s success,
Lochhead told the group, but a key part of the program has been
communicating with low-income communities and communities
“We recognized that we needed to not just inform these diverse
communities, but to engage with them—and that as government,
we weren’t necessarily trusted,” he said. “But we cannot be
successful without the community, and we needed to address
diverse community needs, including access to technology, different
languages and differences that may fall along generational lines.”