Alamosa Told To Avoid Tap Water After Salmonella Outbreak

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Health officials are telling people in Alamosa to stop drinking or cooking with city tap water due to an outbreak of salmonella.

The warning was issued Wednesday after tap water samples tested positive for the bacterial contamination. State health officials say 33 cases of salmonella have been linked to the outbreak, and 46 reports are being investigated.

It could at least a week to flush out and disinfect the water system. In the meantime, officials advise reisdents to use bottled water instead.

The Care and Share Food Bank began donating water right away after the warning was issued. They have already donated thousands of bottles of water, totalling 1200 gallons, but they say it's just not enough. They estimate their donations will only last the residents of Alamosa for a single afternoon. If everyone in Alamosa was to drink the 64 ounces of water a day you are supposed to, they would need more than 3,000 gallons of water a day, just for drinking.

Care and Share is accepting donations from those wishing to help the residents of Alamosa. Their facility is located at 2520 Aviation Way.

Restaurants are being urged to serve only bottled water and use ice from suppliers or made from bottled water.


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  • by Chris Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 20, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    I did not write my post to offend the residents of Alamosa, but to shed the light on the utilities company. They should be able to provide immediate assistance to all of it's customers regardless of income. that is the reason that WE ALL pay our utilities. I am more than happy to help and have done so already this morning. I feel sorry for any resident that has an issue like this and really don't appreiciate the fact that the utilitiy companies are getting rich off of us but can't help out in a time of need. Sorry if my post was misunderstood.
  • by Lori Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 20, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    I feel sorry for Chris who wrote a comment. Alamosa residents are not asking for his help. I grew up in Alamosa and have family living there. I have a family friend who just had twins,they have been airlifted to Children's Hospital in Denver with of the twins confirmed with the poison. Before people judge others they should walk in their shoes. Del Norte 40 miles West of ALamosa has just gone through a similar situation with their water. My families business has been affected by this and alot of people are scared. This community is strong,it will bounce better than ever, alot of wonderful people will make sure of it. wonderful people make Alamosa
  • by Kelly Location: Alamosa on Mar 20, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    Hey now! There are alot of people who are unable to purchase water because they are on fixed incomes. We didn't ask for this to happen to us but we are accepting it without mass hysteria. If this was something that happened in Colorado Springs you can bet that we would be more than willing to help out. Our community her may be small but we are generous and caring! I sure hope that if this happens to you or anyone else that your neighbors won't be as unwilling to help.
  • by Chris Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 20, 2008 at 04:09 AM
    I am sorry that the people of Alamosa are not able to drink thier tap water. I do not agree that everyone depends on the public or private org's to help out. The people of Alamosa pay for the use of thier water and if something happens to that water source then the utility company needs to be the ones to provide optional sources to accomidate thier customers, not citizens from other cities. i don't mind helping out, I do mind paying my money to the utilities and then have them not feel responsible when something happens.
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