Drinking Water Design Criteria

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The Design Criteria for Potable Water Systems, also known as Safe Drinking Water Program Implementation Policy #5, is a key policy used as a basis for reviewing and making determinations of design applications for drinking water treatment works in Colorado. The division routinely updates the document to maintain industry standards with input from stakeholders. 

The division is initiating a stakeholder process in 2021 and asking for feedback on concepts and portions of the drinking water design criteria where updating, drafting, or clarifications are needed.

How to get involved

Engagement overview

The division anticipates collecting stakeholder feedback on potential design criteria modifications or updates during September 2021. After collecting stakeholder input, the division intends to host an initial stakeholder meeting to discuss the identified items and the formation of workgroups. The workgroups will meet in the fall of 2021 through winter 2022. In winter 2022, the division intends to host a second stakeholder meeting to discuss the workgroup outcomes and present the draft design criteria. 

The process will include advanced notification to stakeholders, including drinking water utilities, and engineering firms that have signed up for email notifications. To ensure you receive updates of this process, sign up for email notifications. 


For more information, please contact Melanie Criswell at melanie.criswell@state.co.us.

Meeting information and Materials

The division will host another stakeholder meeting (virtual) on Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Register to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlce2vqT4pGNVWXGz7PBd9OKF2GcNMQSsl