Report a concern or emergency

Urgent issues

  • Medical or life-threatening emergency: 911
  • CDPHE 24-hour emergency: 1-877-518-5608
  • Report an emergency related to an environmental spill, health facility, or community public health concern. See common topics below for reporting instructions or our brochure.
  • Suicide prevention: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) | 1-844-493-TALK (8255) | Colorado Crisis & Support Line
  • Poison control center: 1-800-222-1222 | Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety
  • Child abuse and neglect: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) | Colorado 4 Kids
  • Radioactive materials incident: 303-877-9757

Health Facilities

In the event your health facility activates your emergency plan, please notify the emergency response coordinator at:

Health facilities emergency preparedness and response
Resources for emergency operations plans and who to contact

Health facilities and nursing homes complaints

Drinking Water Emergency

  • Potentially acute drinking water incident (e.g., turbidity exceedance, positive E. coli sample, line break, actual/potential backflow contamination).
  • All events should should be reported to the hotline 1-877-518-5608 as soon as possible.
  • Please have available as much of the following information as possible:
    • Date and time of incident.
    • Public Water System Identification Number (PWSID).
    • Water system contact name, phone number and email.
    • Description of drinking water incident or water quality exceedance.
    • Response actions taken.
  • Pressure loss response guidance.
  • Contact CoWarn for statewide Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (CoWARN) of utilities helping utilities to prepare for the next natural or human-caused emergency.

Water Quality Spills

Water Quality Security Incident

  • Report a security incident (tampering, suspected tampering or tampering threat).
  • All security incidents should be reported to the hotline 1-877-518-5608 as soon as possible.
  • When reporting a security incident, please have available as much of the following information as possible:
    • Date and time of incident.
    • Public Water System Identification Number (PWSID) or permit number (if applicable).
    • System contact name, phone number and email address.
    • Description of incident.
    • Response actions taken.
  • We’ll provide assistance to ensure the safety of the public and the integrity of the system.
  • Security incident report paper form.

General concerns

For other concerns or questions: CDPHE Citizen's Advocate