Colorado Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Public drinking water requirements: 5 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1002-11

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Program fees: Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-1.5-209

Monitoring plan: 5 CCR 1002-11 Section 5

Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs): 5 CCR 1002-11 Section 45

Operator certification: 5 CCR 1003-2

Reciprocity: 5 CCR 1003-2 Section 100.13.5

Financial assistance:

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF): 5 CCR 1002-52

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Water Quality Control Division Drinking Water Program

Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA)

Colorado Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board (Board)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Colorado has been granted primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The state generally follows the federal standards for maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for drinking water supplies, with additional requirements. Colorado does not issue permits to its regulated public water systems. See the national section DRINKING WATER for more information.

Low-interest loans are available to public water suppliers under the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF). The Water Quality Control Division is the primary contact for DWRLF applicants and ensures that projects comply with all applicable requirements. The Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA) provides the state's required 20 percent match for ...

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