Boil Water Information


(10/12/13 5:30 p.m.)
The Boil Water Notice placed on portions of the Indian Peaks Subdivision on October 11 has been rescinded as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 12. Test results conclude the contamination has been eliminated and residents are no longer required to boil water. The cause of the contamination has not been determined.

It is recommend residents flush each faucet in their home for one to two minutes before resuming water consumption. Ice from automatic icemakers should be discarded.

Boil Notice in place for portions of Indian Peaks Subdivision
October 11, 2013 6:30 p.m. – The City of Lafayette in consultation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has placed a portion of the Indian Peaks Subdivision on a boil water notice. 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 (download a map of the affected area). 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.

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.

Officials have confirmed that a water sample tested positive for e.coli contamination on October 11 at 5 p.m. Based on extensive testing, the City, in consultation with the CDPHE, has determined that this is a localized event in the above mentioned areas only and is not affecting the remainder of 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 5:30pm on Saturday October 12, and will be posted on the City’s website. The information posted on the website Saturday afternoon will advise affected residents if the boil notice will be continued or terminated.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in public places or by distributing copies by hand.