San Luis: CDPHE lifts boil order


Chlorine, hero and villain element, saves the day again with regard to disinfection of the San Luis water system. Here’s a report from Matt Hildner writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. Here’s an excerpt:

The move allows the town’s roughly 630 residents to use their tap water, which will now be chlorinated by the San Luis Water and Sanitation District. Linda Smith, a public information officer for the emergency team handling the outbreak, said no cause was found for the contamination, nor have any illnesses related to the outbreak been reported. Public officials also left one last chore for residents, asking that anyone with appliances that dispense ice or water to replace their filters prior to using them again…

The water and sanitation district had operated under a state disinfection waiver before the outbreak, distributing untreated groundwater to residents from two wells. It decided last week to abandon the waiver and begin chlorinating the town’s water.

From the Valley Courier:

The municipal water system is currently being flushed, and residents are being instructed to start flushing the water lines in their homes by doing the following:

* Run cold water taps for five minutes.

* If you have a traditional hot water tank:

o Run your hot water until the water becomes cold.

o Turn off the hot water for about an hour, or until the water becomes warm again.

o Run the hot water a second time until it becomes cold.

* If you have an on demand hot water system:

o Run your hot water lines for a minimum of 20 minutes.

* Empty all ice trays and flush your refrigerator water lines that serve automatic ice and water dispensers.

More water treatment coverage here and here.

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