The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory on behalf of the Town of Frederick due to flooding that resulted in a Central Weld County Water District water main. This break caused a loss of water pressure in the drinking water distribution system. As a result, the distribution system may have been breached and contamination may have entered the drinking water supply. This is a proactive measure being taken by the Town. At this point, no contamination has been detected, but the advisory has been put in place as a precaution to protect the public from any possible breach of the drinking water system.
Residents are advised to not drink tap water without boiling it first. Residents should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Until further notice boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food.
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 about drinking the water from their health care providers.
The Town of Frederick will continue to work closely with the Water Quality Control Division. Consumers will be notified when they no longer need to boil their drinking water. Inquiries can be directed to Dick Leffler, Engineering and Utilities Director at the Town of Frederick.