Statement about Hugo water, potential health effects

What should I do?
  • As a precaution until we know more about the levels of contamination in the water, Hugo residents may want to consider other sources of water for drinking and cooking. This especially is important for infants; children; and women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • The water is considered safe for bathing, showering, brushing teeth, washing hands, watering yards, washing dishes, cleaning and laundry.
  • If you or your family are concerned about your health or have symptoms you think may be caused by THC exposure, contact your health care provider or the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center at 1-800-222-1222.
What does this mean?
  • Health effects from ingestion of THC-contaminated drinking water will depend on several factors including how much THC is in the water, how much water a person drinks and how long the person is drinking the water.
  • While we currently do not have reliable information on the amount of THC in the water, worst-case possible effects from short-term ingestion may include:
    • Impaired coordination and thinking that may affect the ability to drive.
    • Increased anxiety and/or increased heart rate.
    • Psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia or delusional beliefs.
    • Temporary impairments in learning ability and short-term memory.
  • Research has shown marijuana use by women during pregnancy is associated with attention problems, decreased academic ability and cognitive function in exposed offspring. We do not have any research on the effects of THC in drinking water for pregnant women. 
  • As this has been a short-term exposure, we do not expect any permanent, long-term health effects.
  • We are available to answer health-related concerns from Hugo residents. You can call us at 303-691-4037.