BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – The city council in Brighton is starting a special meeting to discuss what it calls an emergency issue with its water service.
The city is not giving out any more insight but they have issued a boil water notice.
The Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton told CBS4 they have received unofficial information about an E. coli contamination. The hospital is bringing in bottled water for patients and staff to drink.
CBS4’s Stan Bush attended the meeting and said the Brighton City Council was confident E. coli has not contaminated city’s water distribution system, but the boil order still in effect.
The City of Brighton water system services over 34,000 residents within the city limits.
Statement From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for Brighton residents due to the presence of total coliform and E. coli bacteria.
Residents should 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. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.
If residents experience any of the symptoms described above and they persist, they may want to seek medical advice from their health care provider.
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
If you have any questions, please contact the Utilities Department at 303-655-2000 or visit http://www.brightonco.gov or check our Facebook or Twitter pages for more information. The City encourages residents to pass along this information to fellow residents within the Brighton service area.