A wide area of Englewood has been placed under a boil water advisory after quality tests discovered E. coli bacteria in the city’s water system.
Englewood released an alert about the situation on Wednesday afternoon. The widespread alert was texted to areas beyond the alert zone, including to phones in Denver, Aurora and Lakewood.
The area under order, Zone One, is roughly south of Ruby Hill, west of Cherry Hills Village, along U.S. 85, east of Sheridan and north of Littleton.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the city collected water quality sample from 24 sites throughout the Englwood water system. One sample site, among 24 sample sites, was found to contain E. coli bacteria, which can make people sick, especially those with weakened immune systems.
People in Zone One should not drink tap water without boiling it first. Englewood is working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on resolving the situation.
The city is setting up a water distribution center at the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, which will be available on Thursday. People with questions can call 303-762-2365.
Englewood hopes to resolve the problem within 48 to 72 hours.
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