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Posted on: April 3, 2019

Lead and Copper Letter

Dear Residents,

With lead contamination in drinking water becoming an issue across the country, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) requires water districts around the state to increase monitoring for lead contamination. You will have the peace of mind knowing that your water is safe to consume. Cherokee Metropolitan District (the District) has been sampling for lead and copper for many years and has not encountered any issues concerning lead contamination. The CDPHE requires that the District collect 30 samples for lead and copper every year. These samples must be collected from single family residences built with copper water pipes using lead solder between the years of 1982 and 1988. If you would like your house to be used as a sample point, we will need to inspect the plumbing and check the solder joints to see if lead is present in the solder. This inspection will only take a few minutes to perform and we will need access to your water meter for the inspection. Someone will need to be home while we conduct this inspection. The lead and copper water sample will need to be collected by you between June 1st and September 30th. The District will schedule the sample collection date with you, and provide the required sample bottles, along with instructions on how to properly collect the sample. You will need to collect the sample from either a kitchen or bathroom cold water faucet per the instructions. You will be provided with the results from the tests. There is no cost to you for the testing. The District will pay all costs associated with the inspection and testing. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your support and participation.

Mike Kielma
Treatment & Distribution Supervisor
Cherokee Metropolitan District
(719) 597-5080 x113

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