Louisville, Superior residents told to boil water due to wildfire by Colorado public health officials

Residents in Louisville and Superior should either boil their water or use bottled water for drinking and other uses Friday as water in their communities was used to help combat the rapidly moving wildfire.

People should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until otherwise told, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Louisville and Superior are under an evacuation order due to the Marshall fire.

The boil water advisory for Louisville was issued because the city switched to untreated water when it changed its water distribution to free up more water for those battling the fires, which have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced people to flee Boulder County.

In Superior, water pressure was lost in the town’s system as emergency authorities used water to extinguish the fire. Such pressure loss can let organisms that cause diseases into the water distribution system. There are also leaks in the system due to the destruction caused by the fire that local officials are working to plug, according to the news release.

Water should be boiled for three minutes and then cooled before using. People can take a shower in water that has not been boiled, according to the news release.

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