ENGLEWOOD, color (CBS4)– The town of Englewood issued an order to its residents to cook after a sample returned positive for E. coli bacteria. The warning was issued on Wednesday evening.
According to the City of Englewood, “The City of Englewood takes water quality samples at the beginning of each month in accordance with drinking water regulations. On August 3rd and 4th, the City of Englewood collected water quality samples from 24 locations throughout the city’s water system. One of the 24 sample sites was found to contain the presence of E. coli. E. coli bacteria can make people sick and are particularly worrying for people with a weakened immune system. “
The city has indicated that the affected areas within the boundaries on the map below are considered Water Distribution Zone 1.
The city recommends that all who live in the marked area on the map boil their water for at least 3 minutes before using it for drinking, preparing or cooking food, brushing teeth, or using bottled water for these tasks.
The city is trying to determine the specific cause of the positive E. coli sample. This can be bacterial contamination at the specific test site or an interruption in the distribution system. The city said it was flushing the water pipes in Zone 1. The distribution system will be monitored and the city will conduct additional tests to determine when cooking is no longer required.
Many people in the Denver area received the warning on their phones, but the cooking order and E. coli warning only apply to Englewood.
Denver Water supplies are safe. We are aware of the Englewood order for cooking water. If you are a Denver Water customer, your boiling water order will not be affected.
– Denver Water 💦 (@DenverWater) August 4, 2021
Another utility company accidentally included Aurora residents in an emergency notification. There is no cooking order for Aurora Water or our customers.
– Aurora Water (@AuroraWaterCO) August 4, 2021
The Swedish medical center is included in the affected area, but a hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Sullivan said the facility’s operations and patient care will not be affected. She added a statement from the hospital:
“The Swedish Medical Center received a recommendation to boil water from the city of Englewood on Wednesday afternoon. We immediately opened the task force to actively monitor the situation and ensure that patient care was not disrupted. We strictly adhere to the City of Englewood guidelines and will work with city officials, our own infection prevention team and other HealthONE hospitals to ensure that our quality patient care and a safe working environment for colleagues are not compromised. “
Pirate’s Cove advises families to bring their own bottles of water, as is the case at the Gothic Theater.
The supply of bottled water to the public was affected in the early evening. At the King Soopers at 101 Englewood Parkway, a CBS4 employee found the shelves empty of water bottles.
The 4Gs On Broadway restaurant at 3866 S Broadway was unable to serve refreshments from its vending machines. The restaurant owner told CBS4 that she went to five stores to buy canned beverages for her customers. She found it easily. However, none of the stores had bottled water.
People who live in Englewood and are cared for by Denver Water are not affected by advice on boiling water.
The city set up a water distribution center at the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, and was distributing bottled water until Wednesday at 10 p.m. The employees wanted to reopen at 7.30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Water distribution point at the Englewood Civic Center
Wednesday, August 4th: Now until 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 5th: From 7.30 a.m. – until the warning is lifted
The water is intended for the residents of Englewood in the affected Zone 1 area. The water is limited to 64 oz per person. pic.twitter.com/zMSwbrlBWR
– City of Englewood CO (@NewsEnglewoodCO) August 5, 2021
There is also a call center to answer questions at 303-762-2365. Local residents are advised not to call the Englewood Police Department.
LINK: Englewood City Cooking Rules