Evans sewage treatment plant down; some residents told not to flush toilets or drain water

EVANS, Colo. - Evans officials say the drinking water is safe, but about half the residents are being asked not to flush, not to shower or bathe, not to do laundry and not to wash dishes because the wastewater treatment plant is not operating.

The area affected is serviced by the Evans Wastewater Treatment Plant on 1st Avenue. The affected residents live in the Evans city limits and unincorporated Weld County east of 29th Avenue and north of the South Platte River, Hunter’s Reserve subdivision north of Park View Drive and east of Mountain View Drive, and Carriage Estates subdivision in unincorporated Weld County. Portable toilets have been placed in the area for use.

Crews were able to enter treatment plant late Sunday and found less damage than expected, said Aiden Hogan, Evans city manager.

"Lagoons were never topped so there was never a release into the river of raw sewage," said Hogan.

"I think we made some progress. Some of the equipment was still working, our pumps are down and our electrical boxes are damaged so those will need repairs," Hogan told 7NEWS

Crews will try to get back into the facility Monday if the water recedes.

When asked how long the repairs might take, Hogan said, "We're looking at days, certainly not weeks."