Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Boulder Drinking Water

BARHA Members and residents of Boulder, BE CAREFUL with DRINKING WATER for now, even if they say it is OK.
There can be breaches and cracks in sewer pipes after flooding throughout urban areas, even if small, and certain waste-water plants in our area have been compromised, and when that happens, contaminated water can go anywhere, and follow any flow across flooded areas, parks,  on land or into any creeks, ditches, etc. and get into other water. 
Be careful with faucet drinking/cooking water for now, even if they say it is okay.
(You can fill 5 gal bottles at El Dorado or Indian Peaks...with El Dorado evacuation, might be easier to get to Indian Peaks on N Broadway across from YellowPine Rd or where N Bld Spruce Cafe is located....across Broadway from that...small funky little office on West side of Broadway, must go there first). Or whatever other way you can do to be safe. They recommend not using tap water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, at least.
 
Here is one example close to us, and doesn't mention other possible sewage pipe damage within network of all flooded urban areas:
The City of Boulder is reporting a significant breach in its main wastewater pipeline to the 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Plant.  As flood waters began to recede, staff had visual confirmation at about 8:20 p.m. of a breach southwest of the wastewater treatment plant.  There is no immediate threat to drinking water.
The breach is a result of flood waters destroying a section of pipeline northeast of 61st and Valmont, crossing Boulder Creek. The wastewater pipeline conveyed approximately 90 percent of Boulder’s untreated wastewater.
City officials have confirmed that an approximate 300-foot breach is allowing untreated wastewater to discharge directly into Boulder Creek.  There is no immediate threat to Boulder or Lafayette drinking water. Boulder’s drinking water is drawn from reservoirs upstream of the city; Lafayette has been drawing its drinking water from Baseline Reservoir and has not been drawing drinking water from Boulder Creek.
The City of Boulder has notified federal, state and local authorities and is working on a temporary bypass around the breach to restore wastewater flow to the treatment plant. Officials are advising residents to continue avoiding flood water, and residents are being asked to minimize discretionary indoor water use, such as washing laundry. Industrial users are being notified to minimize wastewater discharges until Boulder’s system repair is complete.
Boulder officials are working with local and national resources to deploy contractors to make the repair. The treatment plant is currently processing about 10 percent of the city’s wastewater through a second pipeline serving the Gunbarrel area.