Yampa drinking water safe after source water contamination, officials say
July 14, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The town of Yampa's drinking water has remained safe and treated despite a contamination to the town's source water, according to a release from Yampa Public Works.
The department issued a statement today that said the water system's detectors indicated a contamination of fecal coliform, or E. Coli, in the source water from the Bear River on Tuesday.
There is no boil order, and residents are not required to take any action.
Public Works Director Eric Berry said a logjam caused the river to crest its banks and send contaminated water onto the infiltration gallery, a set of buried pipes that draw water into the treatment system.
Throughout the incident, Berry said, he has monitored the treated water and adjusted chlorine levels to account for the contamination.
"The drinking water was safe then, and it's safe now," he said.
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The log has been removed.
Berry said he would work with the state to address the contamination, which could involve flushing the water out or waiting for it to work itself out over time.
Call 970-638-4511 with questions.