BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4)– It could be Sunday before residents of Brighton are able to drink their water straight from the tap. That’s when the latest test results in the E.coli investigation will be ready.
Crews narrowed down the source of the contamination to 18 homes along 33rd Avenue and Southern in Brighton on Thursday night. They shut off the water supply to 18 homes in that area until they can find the source.
The boil advisory remains in effect for all 34,000 residents and businesses in city limits.
The City of Brighton has provided bottled water and clean water to those homeowners. Some residents were offered to relocate to a hotel free of charge.
“My kids are alright. Nobody’s sick, nobody’s throwing up, nobody’s doing anything so it’s alright,” said Brighton resident Andy Munoz.
“We believe, we are still strongly of the opinion that it is not the distribution system. It is not. We believe it’s an isolated item from one or more of these homes, we’re not really sure yet, that had something on their property that penetrated at the site where we took the tests,” said Brighton City Manager Manuel Esquibel.
Brighton water will take more samples Friday evening. Those results could come back by Sunday.
This statement was released by the City of Brighton on Thursday evening:
The City of Brighton Utilities Department has performed a second Bacteria Analysis test on the location in which the positive sample was found.
The test again returned positive. We have been able to identify the problem in one area and are isolating those homes from the city-wide system. We will be performing additional tests on homes in the near vicinity to determine exactly where the problem is occurring. While we do not believe there is any problem to our overall water distribution system, as a precaution, we will be keeping the BOIL WATER Advisory in effect until further notice.
Residents are advised to NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three 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 food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water
If you have any questions, please contact the Utilities Department at 303-655-2000 or visit 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.