I just got word from a friend, who saw it on the local news channel, and then I lookd up this notice for my city:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for (my city) residents due to the presence of total coliform and E. coli bacteria.
Residents should not 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. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.
If residents experience any of the symptoms described above and they persist, they may want to seek medical advice from their health care provider.
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 .
Okay, so I've been drinking the water all day. My daughter is elsewhere for the night, so that's fine, but how much would it take to get sick? How will I know? How long could this last? What about a fridge filter, would that get rid ofE coli?
I know you all aren't experts, but I thought maybe some of you had been through this.
Answer by LindaClement at 11:37 PM on Jul. 3, 2013
Answer by Dardenella at 11:53 PM on Jul. 3, 2013
Answer by staciandababy at 11:54 PM on Jul. 3, 2013
so i double checked and yea- if you got it youll know. there wont be any question
Answer by feralxat at 11:36 PM on Jul. 3, 2013
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:00 AM on Jul. 4, 2013
Answer by DusterMommy at 11:45 PM on Jul. 3, 2013
Answer by mrsmom110 at 8:14 AM on Jul. 4, 2013
Answer by hopeandglory53 at 1:31 PM on Jul. 4, 2013