NEDERLAND WATER DEPARTMENT
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Information on Town Water pH Levels
Town water quality is maintained by Public Works Utilities staff. Currently, the Town has 4 water operators, trained at various levels (including a Level A-certified employee), as well as an on-call consulting firm, to monitor and insure water quality for our residents. Water pH is one method used to monitor water quality and is checked at each water tank and pressure release valve (PRV) station throughout the day.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends potable water pH levels of 6.5 to 8.5. Lower end values can lead to corrosion of pipes and valves, causing sediment in the water; and higher end values can sometimes result in mineral deposits in the water. The State of Colorado recommends keeping pH levels out of the lower end of the EPA-recommended range in order to reduce infrastructure corrosion and preserve water distribution systems. The photos below were taken in October 2012, during a major water infrastructure replacement project. The pipes show the corrosion of many years’ use and a low pH setting.
Nederland’s water pH had traditionally run on the lower end of the EPA range, but was raised slightly in mid-2012 to comply with State recommendations and preserve investments in the Town’s water distribution system. The pH of “raw water” coming into Nederland’s water distribution system is 7.01; the pH of treated water going out of the distribution system is 7.79. Some indoor gardeners may prefer a lower pH, and those who do are advised to test their water and obtain pH-lowering supplements at local gardening stores if needed.
Annual Water Reports
2015 Consumer Confidence Water Report (121.6 KiB, 873 hits)
2014_Consumer_Confidence_Water_Report_.pdf (205.2 KiB, 1,264 hits)
2013_Consumer_Confidence_Water_Report.pdf (125.4 KiB, 0 hits)
2012 Consumer Confidence Water Report (211.8 KiB, 1,150 hits)
2011 Consumer Confidence Water Report (169.8 KiB, 1,656 hits)