Officials say water is safe
RIFLE – City officials determined the rusty-colored water coming out of some taps in a few areas within city limits Thursday afternoon and Friday was due to a surge in water use.Rifle public works director Bill Sappington said Saturday that the problem was pinpointed and solved by 5 p.m. Friday after the city received a number of calls regarding “dirty water.” He said people were reporting discolored water coming out of some faucets around town, including private residences and commercial sites such as Rifle’s Wal-Mart supercenter, Starbucks Coffee and the Subway sandwich shop, all located in south Rifle.”At no time did we believe the public’s health was in any danger,” Sappington said Saturday, noting that the city’s water plant was “running perfectly” and that chlorine and turbidity levels in city water remained at constant, safe levels before, during and after the incident.Sappington said the culprit was the co-generational electric facility near Garfield County Airport, which began operating on Thursday following a lengthy hiatus, causing high demand on the city’s water supply.He said the high volume of water caused accumulated sediment to break free in some of the city’s pipelines, which gave the water a rust-colored appearance. City officials contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to review Rifle’s water plant and system operations, and to discuss the appearance of rusty sediment in the water supply.”They verified that what we were doing is correct,” he said. “They recommended continuing to monitor the system, and that’s what we’re doing.” For more information regarding city water, contact Bill Sappington at Rifle City Hall at 625-6223.
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