Manitoids required to boil water

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Poor Manitou Springs. First fire, then a string of floods, and now this — possible contamination of the water system.

Residents are being advised to boil drinking water due to a water main break that may have fouled the water supply.

Read on:

"Boil Water" Advisory Alert

The City of Manitou Springs (City) collaborating with El Paso County Public Health has issued a "boil water" advisory due to a broken water main as a result of the recent rain events. This break caused a loss of water pressure in various areas of the City's drinking water distribution system affecting areas West of Crystal Park Rd. As a result, the distribution system may have been breached and contamination may have entered the drinking water supply. This is a proactive measure being taken by the City. At this point, no contamination has been detected, but the advisory has been put in place as a precaution to protect the public from any possible breach of the drinking water system.

Residents are advised not to drink tap water without boiling it first. Residents should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Until further notice boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food.

Businesses providing food or drinks should visit the El Paso County Public Health website at www.elpasocountyhealth.org or call 719-578-3199.
A breach in the drinking water distribution system may introduce disease-causing organisms into the water system. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. If residents experience any of the symptoms described above and symptoms persist, they may want to seek medical advice from their health care provider. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking the water from their health care providers.

The City anticipates the main water line will be repaired by mid afternoon today, September 19, 2013. The City will collect bacteriological samples to assess the condition of the drinking water and will notify consumers when they no longer need to boil their drinking water. Inquiries can be directed to bpothier@comsgov.com or 719-685-2573.

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