We all use water every day.
Not only do we drink water that comes out of
the tap, but we also use it for cooking, cleaning and bathing. Contaminants in water
can get into our bodies when we drink, eat or breathe in steam as we wash clothes
or dishes or take a shower. Some contaminants can also be absorbed through our skin.
About 85% of Colorado residents get their drinking water from a
community water system
Contamination of a single water system can expose many people to potentially harmful
People exposed to contaminants in drinking water do not necessarily get sick. In
fact, contaminants in water are usually not a health risk. But some contaminants
can make people sick quickly. Others can become a health risk if people are exposed
to them over many years.