Coal Ridge forced to use bottled water |

Coal Ridge forced to use bottled water

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Students and faculty of Coal Ridge High School will have to drink bottled water for the time being.

Garfield School District Re-2 administration investigated and found that the water at CRHS was found to be in violation of the Colorado drinking water standard for the class of chemicals called “total trihalomethanes,” which are created when chlorine interacts with microscopic natural organic matter from the water source.

In this case, CRHS’s water supply is provided by the town of Silt, which flushes the nearly two-mile water line at the end of every summer, public works director Gerry Pace said in an earlier interview.

Silt’s water supply was found to exceed the drinking water standards this past summer. The town sent out a letter to residents notifying them of the situation.

The town of Silt indicated to the school district that this is not an emergency, but residents may want to use an alternative drinking water supply until the town’s water system returns to compliance.

According to Re-2 Superintendent Susan Birdsey, the district will provide alternative drinking water for CRHS as well as alternative water for cooking.

The district sent an auto-dialer to staff, students and parents to inform them of the situation.

District officials indicated that the water at Cactus Valley Elementary in Silt, is not in violation, therefore the water at that location will continue to be used.

Birdsey estimated the cost for alternative water to CRHS for an eight-week period could cost the district around $1,500.

The district expects the water to be tested again sometime in October and will proceed to find a solution from that point.

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