User Submitted Ratings for Estes Park Tap Water
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22% Low
- Water Pollution 39% Low
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 78% High
- Water Quality 61% High
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Estes Park, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
Table of Contents1) User Submitted Ratings for Estes Park Tap Water2) Related FAQs3) Can You Drink Tap Water in Estes Park?4) Estes Park Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years5) Is there Lead in Estes Park Water?6) Are there PFAS in Estes Park Tap Water?7) What do these Violations Mean?8) Can You Drink Tap Water in Estes Park?9) Contaminants10) Sources and Resources
Can You Drink Tap Water in Estes Park?
Yes, Estes Park's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Estes Park has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however.
According the EPA’s ECHO database, from July 30, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2021, Estes Park's water utility, ESTES PARK TOWN OF, had 0 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. This assessment is based on the ESTES PARK TOWN OF water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.
While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.
Estes Park Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years
Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named ESTES PARK TOWN OF for Estes Park in Colorado. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.
Is there Lead in Estes Park Water?
Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Estes Park water system, ESTES PARK TOWN OF, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0014 mg/L of lead in Estes Park water. This is 9.3% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Estes Park contained more lead.
While Estes Park water testing may have found 0.0014 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.
No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.
Are there PFAS in Estes Park Tap Water?
Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be no military bases near Estes Park with suspected leaks.
With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Estes Park has been evaluated for yet.
Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.
What do these Violations Mean?
Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.
Health Based Violations
- Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
- Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
- Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.
Non-Health Based Violations
- Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
- Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
- Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.
SDWA Table Key
|Compliance Period||Dates of the compliance period.|
Current status of the violation.
|Health-Based?||Whether the violation is health based.|
The category of violation that is reported.
|Code||A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.|
|Contaminant Code||A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.|
Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
|Rule Group Code||
Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
|Rule Family Code||
Code for rule family.
For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.
Can You Drink Tap Water in Estes Park?
We don't have enough information to make a specific recommendation about the safety of drinking tap water in Estes Park, Colorado.
However, based on information from nearby locations, the average water score in Colorado is a out of 100.
Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Estes Park.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Colorado, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
Town of Estes Park
EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.
- Serves: 16022
- Data available: 2012-2017
- Data Source: Surface water
- Total: 16
Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
- Trichloroacetic acid
Other Detected Contaminants
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
- Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
- Monochloroacetic acid
- Nitrate and nitrite
Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.
Sources and Resources
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