City of Steamboat Springs issues water boil order, rescinds it


— The city of Steamboat Springs has rescinded a boil water advisory that was issued at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday for all city water users, including Steamboat II, Silver Spur and Heritage Park. The Mount Werner and Treehaus water utility systems were not placed under the advisory.

Residents were alerted to the situation through the city’s reverse 911 system.

According to a news release issued by City Manager Deb Hinsvark, an air release valve on Golf View Way malfunctioned at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. During the process of isolating and repairing the valve, some contaminated water possibly infiltrated the city’s water system.

As a precautionary measure, the city issued the boil water advisory though the possibility of contamination was minimal.

During the night, the city’s water department conducted multiple chlorine residual tests throughout its system.

“Based on those tests and consultation with the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and with the Routt County Environmental Health Department, we are confident that the city’s water system has not been contaminated,” city officials said in the news release. “The water is safe for human consumption.”

The problem was resolved at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Marian Marti 3 years, 7 months ago

Frustrated with City Operations. Received two reverse 911 calls at 1:20AM and 4:30AM both of which disrupted my REM sleep. This morning I go out to get bottled water at one of the designated areas and no one is there and no sign updating situation either. Come home go on-line to City Website and City Water Dept. and no message at all regarding the water contamination nor any all clear notice. I guess the City does NOT find it of value to notify residents of water statu s change. The least the City could do is notify residents that water warning has been reversed either by reverse 911 call or by notifications posted at city offices and places that were designated for bottled water pickup.


walt jones 3 years, 7 months ago

Marian you are right. Looks like all their time is being spent on where to put the new police station instead of public information.


Kim Chiampa 3 years, 7 months ago

The second message was the all clear that the water was okay. You can go to the Routt County code red alert system and set your preferences of how,you want to be notified. While it was unfortunate that we were all woken up in the middle of the night it was better than potentially drinking contaminated water.


Anne Dawson 3 years, 7 months ago

I would agree, Kim, but we were woken at 4.45am to be told about the all-clear. We never received the original warning at 11.30pm (when we were awake), so could potentially already have drunk contaminated water. Better to be woken with a warning than an all-clear.


Kevin Nerney 3 years, 7 months ago

I live in Silver Spur & this is the 1st I am hearing about it. I've was home all night & day & did NOT receive any reverse 911 messages. However I DID receive a reverse 911 for the BIKE RACE!!!!!!! Drank water after 11:30 PM last night & woke up this morning with a migraine. Drank lots of water all day from 3 water bottles that were filled yesterday. Still have a migraine. Not sure it's from the water or from not receiving any messages regarding contaminated water. KATHY NERNEY


mark hartless 3 years, 7 months ago

Your migraine is the result of your subconcious realization that the same government which forcibly takes all your cash can not solve even the most trivial of your problems.

Have a nice day...


mark hartless 3 years, 7 months ago

Every time I am tempted to call these folks bumbling idiots I stop and ponder the very real possibility that they might actually know exactly what they're doing, and THAT scares the hell out of me...


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