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City of Arvada observes Source Water Protection Week

The American Water Works Association has declared the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, 2021 as Source Water Protection Week. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting sources of drinking water. In the Mountain West, we are aware of the need to be good stewards of our water resources. 

Arvada residents depend on a reliable supply of safe, high-quality drinking water. Protecting our drinking water is essential to preserve our own health and economy and that of future generations. The City and residents both have important roles to play in protecting the source water on which we all depend. 

The City of Arvada undertakes a variety of measures to protect source water such as:

  • Monitor our influent canals and Arvada Reservoir frequently for a variety of water quality parameters.

  • Protect our drinking water source from microbial and chemical contaminants by allowing  only non-motorized and non-contact recreation on Arvada Reservoir. 

  • Participate with and support local/regional wildfire protection efforts in Clear Creek County, Jefferson County, and Boulder County.

  • Communicate regularly with Denver Water regarding operational changes to water supply.

  • Communicate with CO Legacy Land and receive monitoring and operational information regarding legacy mines.

  • Plan for future projects, educational opportunities, and best management plan implementations.

Residents can do their part to protect our source water by:

  • Properly using and disposing of household hazardous chemicals.

  • Minimizing the use of lawn and garden chemicals. 

  • Keep materials out of storm drains. 

Learn more about what residents can do to protect our shared source water at arvada.org/source-water-protection.