We all need water to survive, and we are healthier if the water we drink is clean and safe. Water purification has come a long way through time. In ancient times the only way to get water was from rivers and streams, and it contained who-knows-what. Even in early Denver, the first water taps were not filtered, so you could turn on the tap and have little fish come out! Today, we have the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment to monitor our water and make sure we all have safe, clean water to drink. If you are interested in the facts about safe drinking water in Colorado, visit the CDPHE’s Safe Drinking Water Program webpage. Here you will find all the information you need, including fact sheets, a newsletter, reports to the governor and legislature, regulations, monitoring schedules, investigation reports, and technical information. For back issues of any of the serial publications listed on their website, visit our library’s web catalog.