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Boil advisory lifted for Castle Pines

The loss of a chlorine injector and loss of pressure in the distribution system prompted the advisory starting Thursday.

CASTLE PINES, Colo. — A boil advisory was lifted Saturday evening for residents of Castle Pines after samples showed the water was free from the presence of bacteria, according to the town. 

The boil advisory was issued for residents on Thursday as directed by the Water Quality Control Division (WQCD) of the Colorado Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). On Friday, officials said the boil water advisory was to remain in effect though Saturday at least.

Castle Pines North Metro District (CPNMD) said contactors flushed lines on Thursday and were water-sample testing. Due to a loss of pressure in almost half of their distribution centers and  low pressure on the other half, CPNMD said the water could allow disease-causing organisms to enter the water system.

No contamination was detected, said CPNMD, but organisms likely to enter the water system were bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Symptoms that could be associated with organisms in drinking water are nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. 

CPNMD said if someone is experiencing these experiencing over a long period of time, they should seek medical guidance.

How to observe the advisory 

  • Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil for one minute, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. Do not boil for an extensive period of time. 
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used to drink, make ice, brush teeth, wash dishes, and prepare food until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
  • Though no contamination has been detected, pressure loss may have allowed disease-causing organisms to enter the water system. If you experience any symptoms listed above and they persist, seek medical advice. 
  • People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly people may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

>> Read the full boil advisory here

The distribution center was flushed, said CPNMD, and they monitored and collected bacteriological samples.

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