LOUISVILLE, Colo. — The City of Louisville, Town of Superior and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have issued a boil water advisory for the residents of Louisville and Superior.
Residents are asked to use bottled water or to boil any water being used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation, the city said in a release.
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After bringing the water to a boil, residents are asked to continue to boil for three minutes and then allow the water to cool before using, the advisory said.
As emergency personnel used water in the system to fight fires, there was a significant water pressure loss, according to CDPHE. This can allow organisms that cause diseases into the system, the order says.
The city of Louisville changed their water distribution operations to allow for more water to be available to fight the fires, according to the release. Superior is also working to locate water leaks that were caused by the destruction and repair them.
City officials said as soon as the fire is extinguished or controlled, and residents can safely return to their homes, CDPHE will work with the city to flush and test the water to make sure it is safe for consumption.
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