Alamosa Schools to Reopen Monday

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With the exception of approximately 20 homes in the golf course area, the city of Alamosa is under a Stage 2 water alert as of 6 p.m. Sunday.

Under Stage 2, schools will reopen Monday, and most residents are now allowed to start using tap water for brief showers. Crews will continue to flush the city's water system with chlorine to rid it of the salmonella bacteria.

Since March 19th, after several reported cases of salmonella and tests that showed bacteria in the water, residents have been unable to use water straight from the tap for brushing teeth, washing dishes, drinking and cooking.

It's unknown how the water was contaminated.

As of Saturday, 315 people had become ill, with 85 cases of salmonella confirmed. Twelve cases required hospitalization.