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What is Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program?
Denver Water is committed to delivering safe water to our customers. The water that we provide to homes and businesses is lead-free, but lead can get into the water as it moves through lead-containing household fixtures, plumbing and water service lines — the pipe that brings water into the home from the main in the street — that are owned by the customer.
The program was approved in December 2019 by the Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The program has five main components:
pH adjustment: Increasing the pH level of the water to reduce the risk of lead and other metals getting into drinking water from lead service lines or household plumbing.
Inventory: Developing and maintaining a publicly accessible inventory of all customer-owned lead service lines in Denver Water’s service area. The service line is the pipe that brings water into the home from the main in the street.
Lead Service Line Replacement: Replacing all of these lead service lines with copper lines at no direct charge to the customer. Click here to find out if your house is on the lead service line replacement list.
Filter Program: Providing a free water pitcher, filter, and replacement filters, certified to remove lead, to all customers suspected of having lead services lines until six months after their line is replaced.
Ongoing: Communication, outreach and education programs.
Having a lead service line doesn’t necessarily mean you have elevated levels of lead in your water, but a lead service line can contribute to elevated levels of lead in drinking water.
Why invest in bicycling?
Bicycles provide a travel option that is convenient, affordable, has health benefits, and helps ease congestion. These are all elements that are part of the community’s vision for a healthier and more vibrant city. By building out Denver’s bicycle network and creating a comfortable space for people to ride, Denver is helping to realize this vision.
Who are we planning for?
To achieve our multimodal goals, our bikeways must meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities who want to bicycle.
Many people in the Denver region (16%) feel confident riding their bicycle on our streets in Denver today. However, the majority of Denverites (almost 60%) are “interested but concerned” bicyclists. These residents would like to bicycle, but only will when it is safer and more convenient to do so.
The City and County of Denver is working with communities to create complete transportation networks, implementing a new strategy for planning multimodal networks and rapidly building out a low-stress bike projects through this program.
What type of bikeways will we install?
To ensure our bikeways are comfortable and safe for people of all ages and abilities, we are installing more Protected Bike Lanes and Neighborhood Bikeways on our streets. We consider these bikeways to be “high comfort,” since they are designed to serve the needs of people who currently feel unsafe riding on our streets.
We will also continue to install bike lanes and buffered bike lanes to make our network as connected as possible.
Protected bike lanes are dedicated bikeways on streets that have both a horizontal and vertical buffer between a person bicycling and motor vehicles.
DOTI is committed to achieving a network of better bike facilities in Denver that make it more comfortable, safe, and accessible for people to ride bikes, and to create a bike network that connects people to the places they want to go.
Through 2024, Denver will be concentrating in three areas to implement a system of bikeways:
Key aspects of this project include:
Community Transportation Networks are multimodal plans. We want to hear all modal concerns and will work to prioritize and implement projects to address those concerns.
The first phase of implementation will include low-stress bike projects that will increase safety while benefitting all roadway users.
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Learn about potential changes to residential use rules
After two years of work with community members, city planners are nearing completion of a broad overhaul of the Denver Zoning Code’s residential use regulations that will increase housing opportunities and flexibility for all residents.
The city's response to the COVID-19 project has affected the project timeline, but the staff continues to work on ways to engage the public in the process while observing the city's evolving health guidelines.
The Group Living Advisory Committee met virtually Wednesday, May 27, and discussed potential updates to the group living proposal based on community feedback. Use the buttons below to download the meeting presentation and view the recording of the meeting (case-sensitive password: Denver2020).
Additional updates will be posted here in the coming days.
DOWNLOAD MEETING SUMMARY (PDF)
Since the conclusion of the community open houses held in February and March, city planners have been reviewing the feedback received. Use the links below to download a summary of what we heard and the full comment log.