Health department warn rivers and streams may be contaminated with sewage, wastewater

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is advising Coloradans living in Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick and Weld counties to avoid contact with rivers and streams that may contain contaminants.

Due to the severe flooding, rivers and streams may be contaminated with partially treated sewage and other wastewater due to power failures and damage to wastewater treatment systems.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment advises residents or visitors in these counties to:

-Keep out of rivers and streams until further notice.

-Do not allow children or pets to play in the water, nor allow children to play with toys that have been in contact with the water.

-Individuals who come in contact with the water or are involved in cleaning up flood debris should practice good personal hygiene and wash their hands frequently with soap and clean warm water.

-If a person is exposed to the water and has open wounds or begins to feel ill with diarrhea or vomiting, he or she should contact a physician for guidance and inquire about receiving tetanus/diphtheria inoculations.

-Agricultural workers who come in contact with such waters should practice good personal hygiene and wash their hands frequently with soap and clean warm water.