Bottled water advisory issued for Moraine Park
July 2, 2008
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today ordered the Moraine Park water system to issue a bottled water advisory for residents due to a service line break resulting in significant pressure loss and complete loss of water to some service areas, which could render the distribution system susceptible to contamination.
Area residents and visitors are advised to immediately stop using tap water from the Moraine Park water system for drinking and cooking and to begin using bottled water until further notice.
State officials from the department’s Water Quality Control Division also will be working with the Moraine Park water system to ensure the repairs are made and the system is disinfected and flushed. It is estimated it may take a week or longer to repair the break, flush and disinfect the system and obtain the appropriate water quality samples.
The order was issued today after evaluation of information the Moraine Park system operator supplied to the department on Tuesday, July 1. The bottled water order is required as a measure to protect public health. The water may contain bacteria or other disease-causing organisms such as viruses and parasites, which can cause short-term effects, such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. People who experience symptoms should seek medical advice from their health care providers.