COSTILLA COUNTY – Following a break in a main water line and temporary shutdown of the water system in San Acacio, a boil water advisory has been issued for residents of the community. The San Acacio Domestic Water Association experienced a burst pipe on Friday. After repairs, service was restored on Monday.
As a precaution, Colorado’s Water Quality Control Division requires a boil water advisory after an interruption in service until water has been restored and tests confirm that no contamination has occurred. The process of flushing the water system and completing the required testing can take a couple of days at minimum. Walmart, Rio Grande Hospital, Monte Vista Coop, and Memorial Hospital have made donations so that bottled water and hand sanitizer can be made available to residents in the interim.
Residents will be notified after the advisory is lifted. San Acacio Domestic Water Association is a chlorinated system.
Under a boil water advisory, residents are instructed to:
* Use boiled water for brushing teeth, cooking, drinking, or bathing. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least three minutes; then let it cool, and store it in clean, covered containers. Or, use bottled water.
* Use canned baby formulas that are ready-to-use, or use boiled water to prepare infant formulas.
* Before eating or drinking, wash hands with soap and boiled water or use hand sanitizer.