Don’t drink the water until further notice |

Don’t drink the water until further notice

RIFLE ” Rifle public works director Bill Sappington said Friday afternoon that he is recommending that people avoid drinking water coming out of the city’s water supply until further notice.

“We’ve been getting a lot of calls about dirty water,” said Sappington at around 3 p.m. Friday.

He did stress that the city’s water treatment plant is “running perfectly,” and that chlorine levels at the plant meet all safety standards.

However, people in various parts of town are reporting that city water coming out of faucets has a cloudiness to it.

Rifle’s Wal-Mart Supercenter shut off its water supply Friday afternoon.

“We’re trying to figure out what’s going on,” said Jarrod Selenke, a spokesman at Rifle’s Wal-Mart at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Selenke said employees first noticed the discolored water and pulled all merchandise, including vegetables, food items and utensils that might have come in contact with the water.

He said the store’s toilets had also been shut down, and that the store was supplying bottled water and hand sanitizer for employee and customer use.

Sappington said he would recommend that people act cautiously.

“It’s always best to be conservative,” he said. “I would avoid drinking the water, though it’s fine for washing.”

City public work crews were continuing to work on the problem as of 3:15 p.m. Friday. Residents having problems with their water should call city hall at 625-6283.

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