LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4)– The City of Lafayette placed a portion of the Indian Peaks Subdivision on a boil water notice Friday night after a water sample tested positive for E.coli.
The affected areas include residents east of 95th Street and north of Baseline Road within the Indian Peaks Subdivision and a small area south of Baseline Road near Indian Peak Drive.
Residents will receive a door hanger notice on their residence if their household is directly affected. If residents do not receive a door hanger notice, their residence is not affected.
A water sample tested positive for E.coli contamination on Friday at 5 p.m. Based on extensive testing Lafayette in consultation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has determined the positive test result is a localized event and is not impacting the Lafayette municipal water system.
The Public Works Department has been flushing elevated levels of chlorinated water through the distribution system in the affected areas to thoroughly disinfect and cleanse the distribution system. The results of follow up testing are expected after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
At that time it will be announced whether the boil water notice will continue or be terminated.
Residents in the affected areas are asked not to drink the water without boiling it first. 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 food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Water contaminants can cause short term effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and headaches, and may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems. The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice from your health care provider. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.