Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment’s Water Quality Control Division monitors and reports on the quality of state waters to prevent water pollution, protect, restore and enhance the quality of surface and groundwater while ensuring that all drinking water systems provide safe drinking water. The Colorado Safe Drinking Water Program enforces the U.S. EPA’s drinking water quality standards. More information on Colorado’s water quality regulations, policies, and guidance can be found here.


Safe Water in Schools Act (House Bill 1306)


Established a grant program to pay for testing to detect the presence and concentration of lead in drinking water in public schools that receive their drinking water from public water systems, with the goal of completing all testing and analysis by June 30, 2020. Prioritization of funds focuses on the age of public elementary schools. For the 2017-18 state fiscal year, $431,803 is appropriated to the Department of Public Health and Environment for use by the Water Quality Control Division. 


State Government Regulation of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (House Bill 20-1119)


This act does not directly relate to PFAS in drinking water; however, it does require the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission to promulgate rules for both a certificate of registration for any facility, fire department, or lessee subject to federal rules and regulations that uses or stores PFAS in its operations and for standards for the capture and disposal of PFAS. It prohibits the use of class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS in certain aircraft hangars beginning January 1, 2023 and addresses when PFAS may be used for firefighting foam system testing. The act appropriates $43,836 from the hazardous waste service fund to the Department of Public Health and Environment for use by the hazardous materials and waste management division. 


CDPHE Hazardous Substances Response Senate Bill 20-218


The act creates the PFAS cash fund to fund the PFAS grant program, PFAS takeback program, and provide technical assistance in identifying and studying the presence of PFAS for communities, stakeholders, and regulatory boards or commissions. The grant program will provide funding for the sampling, assessment, and investigation of PFAS in ground or surface water; water system infrastructure used for the treatment of identified perfluoroalkyl and PFAS; and emergency assistance to water systems affected by PFAS. The takeback program will be used to purchase and dispose of eligible materials that contain PFAS.