NMED issued the advisory on June 3, 2016 after a finding that the quality of water being produced could not be fully verified as required by the regulations. NMED required Animas Valley Water System to notify water system consumers of this finding.
Consumers of the Animas Valley Water System are advised to boil the water for five minutes before drinking, cooking, dishwashing and bathing. Because the quality of water being produced is not fully verified as required by the regulations, the possibility of contamination cannot be ruled out. If E. coli is present in the water in water it would indicate that the water may have been in contact with sewage or animal wastes, and could contain disease-causing organisms. Most strains of E. coli are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals. However, a positive test for E. coli in the drinking water supply may indicate the presence of dangerous strains of E. coli or other disease-causing organisms. These types of organisms may cause severe gastrointestinal illness and, in rare cases, death. Children, the elderly and immuno-compromised individuals are at an increased risk for illness.
For more information, contact the Animas Valley Water System at 505-325-2435 or
Joe Martinez of the NMED Drinking Water Bureau at 505-476-8635.
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