The loss of water pressure that occurred can lead to bacteriological contamination, according to Jim Vogt with the Idaho Springs Police.
The plant must refill the tanks to a certain level and have the water treated before it is available again to customers.
"It is OK to take showers, flush toilets with the water out of your tap, however in order to cook with it, brushing teeth, or to drink the water it must be boiled. Potable water for drinking and/or cooking will be made available to any water customer at City Hall on Miner Street or at 8 locations with 250 gallon tanks placed throughout town," Vogt said.
At 5 p.m., water stations should be available in the following locations:
- 300 Colorado Boulevard
- Water St and 16th Avenue
- 2821 Colorado Boulevard
The system is currently operating at full capacity and full system pressure should be restored by the end of Thursday.
The entire problem is expected to be resolved in the next three days.
Ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safge Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
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