Get the Lead Out toolkit for Colorado parents

This toolkit helps Colorado parents find school lead testing data and advocate for the solutions to get the lead out of every drinking water source in your child's school.

Alexandra Simon | Used by permission
Toddler drinks from an older water fountain, many of which contain lead parts.

Take Action

Parents in Colorado concerned about lead in the drinking water at your child’s school should work with school leadership and school boards to get the lead out. Here are three steps to take.

Step 1 – Get the facts. Check lead testing data for your school by using the state’s Test and Fix Water for Kids website. This will show you how many fixtures came back positive for lead, and what remediation actions your school has done so far. 

  • We recommend you sort by “District” and then use the “Facility Name” to find your school. 
  • You can see when test samples were taken, a description of the water fixture sampled and what the test results were (labeled “Lead Results ppb”). We recommend any fixture that has a 1 or more should be remediated. 
  • Based on the state standard of 5 ppb, if the test came back at 5 ppb or more the “Action Required” should say YES (likely will be highlighted) and the “Remedial Action” will be listed.  If the action has been taken, there will be a date under “Action Date.” If action is not completed you will see “Underway” or “Further Fixes Underway” under “Remedial Action.”

Step 2 – Confirm remediation timeline. If your child’s school has fixtures that require remediation, but have not been remediated yet, ask your principal or other school leadership what the timeline is for completion and confirmation testing.

Step 3 – Request prevention at every tap. Regardless of the number of taps that exceed the state cut-off of 5 ppb, we recommend filtration at all fixtures. This can actually be a cost effective approach compared to continuous testing and remediation. Reach out to school leadership or school board members (sample message below) to request action above and beyond the current system of testing and replacing. At the very least, all fixtures testing at or above 1 ppb of lead should be remediated, which is the threshold recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


Dear School Board Member / Principal, 

As a parent concerned about the health of all the children in our school, I’d like to suggest that [school name] consider preventing lead in water at every tap by installing lead-removing filters on all drinking water sources. Because 5 ppb is significantly more lead in water than the 1 ppb recommended for children by the American Academy of Pediatrics, I am concerned about the lead that can remain in water even under the state’s current testing and remediation program. Additionally, because lead concentrations in water are highly variable, even proper sampling can miss lead contamination or fail to capture its full extent. 

Providing filters at drinking water sources can be a cost effective way to ensure the water our kids drink at school is safe. I believe prevention at every tap by using certified lead-removing filters will provide the healthy, safe learning environment every child and staff person at our school deserve. 

Thank you,

[Your name]


Alexandra Simon

Former Public Health Advocate, CoPIRG Foundation

Kirsten Schatz

Clean Air Advocate, CoPIRG Foundation

Kirsten joined CoPIRG's staff in 2022 and is focused on fighting for clean air for Coloradans and transforming transportation systems. Previously, she oversaw The Public Interest Network's efforts to engage alumni/former employees and volunteers in the network's work, specializing in communications and organizing events in dozens of cities. Kirsten lives in the Denver area with her husband and two children, where she is an avid hiker, biker, church choir member and gardener.

Danny Katz

Executive Director, CoPIRG Foundation

Danny has been the director of CoPIRG for over a decade. Danny co-authored a groundbreaking report on the state’s transit, walking and biking needs and is a co-author of the annual “State of Recycling” report. He also helped write a 2016 Denver initiative to create a public matching campaign finance program and led the early effort to eliminate predatory payday loans in Colorado. Danny serves on the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Efficiency and Accountability Committee, CDOT's Transit and Rail Advisory Committee, RTD's Reimagine Advisory Committee, the Denver Moves Everyone Think Tank, and the I-70 Collaborative Effort. Danny lobbies federal, state and local elected officials on transportation electrification, multimodal transportation, zero waste, consumer protection and public health issues. He appears frequently in local media outlets and is active in a number of coalitions. He resides in Denver with his family, where he enjoys biking and skiing, the neighborhood food scene and raising chickens.