Kremmling residents must boil town water before use
September 22, 2009
Residents in the town of Kremmling have been under an official water boil order since 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.
The order is “precautionary,” said Kremmling’s Director of Public Works Doug Moses. “We have not identified any contamination or sanitary issues within the distribution system,” Moses said.
“We don’t expect there to be a problem,” said Andrew Poirot of the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, the agency that issues boil orders, “but we want to be careful and be sure.”
A loss in system pressure on Tuesday prompted the order, according to Poirot.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment expects the town to be under a boil order for five to seven days, or fewer, depending on lab results from testing for bacteria that took place on Wednesday.
With such an order in place, community members should boil water used for any human consumption, such as cooking, drinking, brushing teeth and dish washing.
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Community members should boil water for one to two minutes prior to it being cooled and ingested.
The town’s system is back in operation after being shut down for most of Tuesday. Use of toilets and water functions throughout town are available.
The town’s public works has raised the disinfectant level in the town’s water system, according to Moses.
A problem in the town’s water system was triggered when workers attempted to connect an old water line to a new water line.
During the tie-in, Moses said, the old water system could not be shut down properly.
“It has nothing to do with leakage,” Moses said.
Workers discovered the existence of an unknown water main not found on any town map. The mystery water main is still contributing to the system. “We’re currently trying to identify where the location of that main might be,” Moses said. Some components of Kremmling’s water system may date back to the 1940s, and full records of it have been lost over the years.
West Grand Schools are back in session after a short day on Tuesday. Bottled water has been made available to all students and drinking fountains have been posted with ‘do not use’ signs, said West Grand Superintendent Kevin Chalfant.
Meanwhile, full services are taking place at the hospital as it supplies bottled water to patients and staff, according to Kremmling Memorial Hospital spokesperson Eric Murray. The hospital did reschedule non-urgent gastrointestinal procedures on Tuesday when the town’s water system was shut down, “to err on the side of caution,” Murray said. “Otherwise, everything is business as usual.”
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