Water advisories related to the historic flooding throughout Colorado
Last Updated: 78 days ago
DENVER - We'll be collecting updated water quality information from available sources on this page. Content is organized by the reporting agencies, but tips about well water and food safety will remain at the bottom of the page.
Scroll down for the latest information on the no flush order in the Sterling area.
-- WARD (as of 6 p.m. Wednesday) --
Residents in Town of Ward should boil or use bottled water for drinking, cooking, etc. Ward has implemented emergency chlorination.
-- FIRESTONE (as of 4 p.m. Wednesday) --
The Town of Firestone's boil water advisory was lifted as of 4 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2013. Water samples were sent to the State of Colorado Tuesday and the town received notice that its water is now safe for consumption. Firestone receives its water from the Central Weld County Water District (CWCWD).
-- Town of Ward (as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday) --
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tweeted that the Town of Ward should boil or use bottled water for drinking and cooking. The CDPHE also said the town has implemented emergency chlorination.
-- BOULDER COUNTY (as of 8:50 a.m. Saturday) --
The boil water order for the Left Hand Water District changed Tuesday. It was rescinded for most areas, but remains in effect for areas along Foothills Highway from Neva Road north, Nelson Road from Foothills Highway to Tollgate, 39th and 41st Streets from Plateau Road to Nimbus Road, Oxford Road from 41st Street to Ogallala. Therefore, residents in Foothills Ranch, Hardt Estates, L’heureux Country Estates, Mountain Ridge, Sage Valley, Crestview Estates and McNair Meadows subdivisions should still boil their water.
Water is safe to drink in the City of Boulder, Gunbarrel, City of Longmont, City of Lafayette, Eldorado Springs, and Town of Erie drinking water continues to be safe to drink.
The City of Boulder urges water conservation.
A boil water order is also active for the Town of Lyons.
-- Arvada (as of 12:57 p.m.) --
The Ralston Water Treatment is back on-line. Arvada Water customers are being told the water may look, smell and taste different due to excessive levels of silt, but it is being tested frequently and is safe to drink.
Those customers are asked to eliminate outdoor watering.
-- BERTHOUD (as of Saturday morning) --
Potable water and sewer systems are still operating normally. The water is safe to drink.
-- DACONO (as of 11 p.m. Saturday) --
Provided the water pressure remains constant, the water is safe to consume/use, however, your water pressure may be lower than normal. Any significant drop in water pressure would require a mandatory boil order, so if that happens, don't drink it until it is boiled. Conserve your water, and reduce your household or business consumption whenever possible. Please discontinue all use of outdoor water.
-- EVANS (as of 3:25 p.m. Saturday) --
Officials say the drinking water is safe, but some residents are being asked not to flush, not to shower or bathe, not to do laundry, and not to wash dishes because of a wastewater treatment problem. 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.
-- ERIE (as of 9 a.m. Saturday) --
The Office of Emergency Management says water is safe to drink.
-- ESTES PARK (as of 5 p.m. Saturday) --
Water outage still exists for some areas, but the town says the boil water order was lifted Saturday morning.
On Saturday afternoon, a large "no flush" zone was defined in a southern section of Estes Park, until further notice.
Sewer lines in the area on both sides of St. Vrain Avenue are draining directly into the watershed and until they can be repaired, residents and businesses within the area should not flush toilets, or limit flushing as much as possible. Use toilets elsewhere if possible. Map: http://ch7ne.ws/167TdnE
The Upper Thompson Sanitation District said grey water like showers, sinks and laundry is more acceptable but please limit to what is absolutely necessary.
Residents in all other areas in Estes Park on public sewer lines are able to resume normal use of the toilets and other drains.
-- FREDERICK (4:15 p.m. Monday) --
The Town of Frederick has lifted its water boil advisory. The town confirmed that water from its system, which serves all Central Weld County Water District customers east of Interstate 25, is safe based on water samples tested Sunday.
-- FORT LUPTON (as of Sunday morning) --
Mandatory water restrictions are now in effect in Fort Lupton. The main water line coming from Carter Lake has washed out under the Platte River, according to Fort Lupton Fire Chief Phil Tiffany.
"We are in the beginning stages of trucking water into the storage tank but we may run out of water on Sunday the 15th," Tiffany said.
"If we don't conserve water, we may have to shut the whole system down," said Tiffany.
-- GREELEY (Monday) --
The water is safe to drink and there are no restrictions on water use.
-- JAMESTOWN (as of Saturday morning) --
There is no running water service, according to Boulder County Office of Emergency Management.
-- JOHNSTOWN (as of 11 a.m. Saturday)
Water quality has not been affected by flooding and tap water is still safe to drink.
-- TOWN OF LASALLE (as of 8 a.m. Monday) --
LaSalle is under a no sewer usage/no flush restriction until further notice, per city officials. Residents are unable to flush toilets, take showers, wash dishes or run water down the drains. Portable toilets are available at the North Valley Middle School and Community Center at 300 Second Ave.
-- LONGMONT (as of 9 a.m. Monday) --
The Longmont Water Treatment Plant and Waste Water treatment plants are operating properly and within permitted limits, Jeff Satur with Longmont Police said Monday.
-- Lookout Mountain Water District (as of 12:51 p.m. Monday) --
The sheriff's office reports drinking water is safe in that area, but residents are asked to conserve water because of a damaged supply line.
-- MORGAN COUNTY (as of 9:45 p.m. Saturday) --
Despite rumors that has caused many people to run to the stores and buy bottled water, the water in Morgan County is safe to drink, the sheriff says.
-- CITY OF STERLING (as of 7 a.m. Monday) --
The City of Sterling and outlying subdivisions on the city sanitary sewer system are on a "No Flush Order" and limited water usage request until further notice, according to the Logan County Office of Emergency Management.
This order applies to all domestic water use including showers, baths, laundry and toilet usage.
"The system has been shut down and high usage could result in residential and commercial sanitary sewer back-up conditions," said Bob Owens, Logan County emergency manager.
For more information please call City of Sterling 970-522-9700.
-- Well water --
Many Coloradans rely on well water and if they believe their well was compromised during the storm, they should boil it before they use it.
"Just boil your water if you have a question; it takes just three minutes," Jane Viste, a spokeswoman for Larimer County's Department of Health and Environment, told the CALL7 Investigators.
-- Food --
Food is another concern, according to health officials. Any food that has come into contact with flood waters should be discarded. Food that has been sitting in a refrigerator that lost power could also cause illness if the food inside warmed to more than 41 degrees for four hours. Health officials say it is better to throw food away and be safe, avoiding illnesses.
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