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St. Mary’s Glacier: 2+ Weeks With No Water

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ST. MARY’S GLACIER, Colo. (CBS4)- St. Mary’s Glacier residents have been without drinking water for more than two weeks and it could be the weekend before they’re able to drink from the tap.

Crews from Aurora are in the mountain town near Idaho Springs to help repair the community’s water system.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The water is running from the taps now but it’s full of chlorine and not safe to drink or use for cooking.

There was a water pressure problem that surfaced in April. The low levels of water were blamed on perma frost.

Then a faulty valve on a storage tank affected the reserve supplies and when the valves finally kicked on again, the pressure caused a crack and leak in the line.

It will still be another 24 to 48 hours before more testing will be conducted by state officials. By the time results come back it could be Friday or Saturday before residents will know whether the water is safe again.

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