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Sept. 13: Left Hand Water District issues boil water advisory in response to flooding

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Mark Salley
Communications Director

Left Hand Water District issues boil water advisory in response to flooding

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a boil water order for Left Hand Water District due to flooding. Left Hand Water District has experienced several drinking water line breaks. As a result, the distribution system may have been breached, and contamination may have entered the drinking water supply. Therefore, Left Hand Water District issued a Boil Water Advisory for customers.
The Left Hand Water District serves unincorporated areas from the Foothills Highway (Highway 36) and I-25, between Longmont and Boulder/Erie, exclusive of the annexed areas of those communities. This includes the entire village of Niwot and many rural subdivisions.
Until further notice, boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food. Residents are advised not to drink tap water without boiling it first. Residents should bring water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. A breach in the drinking water distribution system may introduce disease-causing organisms into the water system. These organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. If residents experience any of the symptoms described above and symptoms persist, they may want to seek medical advice from their health care provider. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice from their heath care providers about drinking the water.
Left Hand Water District will continue to work closely with the Water Quality Control Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Consumers will be notified when they no longer need to boil their drinking water. Inquiries can be directed to Left Hand Water District at lhwd@lefthandwater.org.