News Release

Flood waters unsafe, unhealthy

Department: Health & Environment
Release Date: Sep 12, 2013

Contact:

Jane Viste
498-6750
jviste@larimer.org

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment reiterates warnings put out by the State Department of Public Health and Environment: do not enter local rivers and streams at this time. All river corridors and streams in Larimer County could potentially be contaminated with sewage and other contaminants due to flooding and could therefore pose health hazards. This includes high water runoff from rivers and streams that might seem safe to walk in. Other hazards that are more obvious include floating debris and rushing water.

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 Health Department advises that residents of Larimer County and visitors to the area:

The Health Department also advises that people who get their drinking water from small water systems or private wells boil their drinking water if there is a suspicion that the water systems were impacted by the flood. This can be done by bringing the water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/safe_water/wells/