Drinking Water & Wastewater
Water, like air, is vital for healthy living. The immediate and long-term health effects of contaminated water are serious and can be life-threatening. Jefferson County Public Health’s water quality program works in conjunction with the state health department to assure both manmade and naturally occurring contaminants stay out of our drinking water.
PFAS Grant Program
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of chemicals from toxic firefighting foam and other products. These chemicals exist throughout our environment and are associated with certain health impacts. Most people living in the United States have some amount of these chemicals in their blood. People in communities that have been contaminated by PFAS — through water or other sources — are more likely to have health impacts. Infants and people who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding are more susceptible to health impacts from these chemicals. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is committed to taking action to reduce exposure to PFAS chemicals. To learn more about PFAS, stay up to date on new information and find out about water testing and funding opportunities, visit CDPHE’s webpage about PFAS [external link].
Unlike the cesspools on grandpa's farm, the modern onsite wastewater treatment system, or OWTS, is an environmentally sound method of wastewater disposal in areas where public sewers are not available.
In some areas of Jefferson County, a substantial number of residential dwellings receive water from private wells.