BRIGHTON - A boil water advisory for the City of Brighton has been extended until further notice after a second test for fecal contamination returned positive for E. coli.
"We have been able to identify the problem in one area and are isolating those homes from the city-wide system. We will be performing additional tests on homes in the near vicinity to determine exactly where the problem is occurring. While we do not believe there is any problem to our overall water distribution system, as a precaution, we will be keeping the BOIL WATER Advisory in effect until further notice," the city said in a news release issued at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
This latest update is raising concern among residents in north central Brighton.
“When I learned about (the boil advisory,) I thought gosh, I’ve been sick for a week. I wonder if that’s the cause,” said Brighton resident Dean Glorso.
Glorso, and his wife Joyce, have been battling an intestinal illness for a week.
“I’ve lost 8 pounds,” he said. “We stopped eating and started drinking more water because we didn’t want to get dehydrated.”
“I ended up going to the doctor (on Wednesday) and he gave me a kit to be tested to see what I have because evidently it’s lasting too long,” Joyce Glorso said. “One of the things they want to test for is e-coli and giardia.”
When asked when she thought when the doctor said he wanted to test for e-coli, Joyce Glorso said, “Why would we get e-coli and where, certainly not in Brighton.”
When asked if she thought there was a link between her illness and the positive test results among a small number of homes in the north central part of the city, she replied, “I have no idea, but I’m going to find out very shortly.”
Glorso told 7NEWS that they’ve been boiling water and storing it in canning jars.
They also purchased a big pack of bottled water.
According to the city’s advisory, residents are instructed to not drink tap water without boiling it first. “Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water,” the advisory states. “Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.”
The boil water advisory affects only those residences and businesses that are connected to the City of Brighton's water system.
Brighton Mayor Dick McLean interrupted a July 4th celebration in the city to make the announcement about the extention of the boil advisory to the crowd. He said new test results are due back Friday afternoon. It takes 24 hours for bacteria culture test results.
The City of Brighton said it needs to turn off water to approximately 18 homes near 33rd and Southern for testing. Residents without water in that area are being given bottled water or the option to stay in a hotel while testing is taking place.
The lack of water kept businesses from Starbucks to Sushi planet from opening on Thursday.
Nicole Mullin and her family were hoping to get ice cream at a Brighton ColdStone Creamery, yet it too was closed.
"We'll have to go to another city I think and get some Ice cream,” said Mullin.
Some residents are frustrated because it took a long time to get an emergency notification phone call concerning the boil order. Some didn’t a notification at all.
“But to have them find this out days earlier…call an emergency meeting that is obtrusive in how they worded it in an announcement and then to find out from the news stations versus by our elected officials. I have issues,” said Brighton resident Sandy Hessling told 7NEWS.
City officials said Brighton doesn’t have its own reverse call system so they use Adams County’s (First Call) system. They say that with 34,000 residents, it took 4 to 6 hours to cycle through the list.
"Do you think this system is effective?” asked 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart.
“We're looking at that right now. One of the problems we have is the reverse 911 goes out to the residents that have landlines. How do we reach the people with cell phones?” said Mayor McLean.
Officials stress the call-back system works, but they just need to get all cell phone users are registered.
If you have any questions, please contact the Utilities Department at 303-655-2000 or visit www.brightonco.gov or check our Facebook or Twitter pages for more information. The City encourages residents to pass along this information to fellow residents within the Brighton service area.