UPDATE: Breckenridge drinking water problem corrected

UPDATED AT 12:05 a.m.

Breckenridge announced earlier this morning that the problem with a a higher than normal PH level in the city’s drinking water has been corrected. The PH level is back with our normal operating range.

It is recommended that residents flush (turn on all faucets, showers etc., in home for at least 10 minutes) their plumbing system, and then use your tap water as usual.

If you experience unusual symptoms and they persist, it is recommended you seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking water.

UPDATED AT 9:30 p.m.

Households/businesses located East of Highway 75 and North of Minnesota Avenue can now resume regular water use.

Residents are asked to run their hot and cold faucets for approximately 10 minutes in order to eliminate any of the high PH water out of the lines located in the house/building. However, if you have been using your water system throughout the day, there is no need to run the water.

The city still wants residents to continue with water conservation because our water tower is at low critical water stage.

UPDATED AT 8 p.m.

CHI St. Francis has been cleared for consumption and safe for water use. Crews are currently focusing on Twin Town Villa and we need to build up water inventory before we can open up other areas in town.

UPDATED AT 5:30 p.m.

The City of Breckenridge issued an update to their statement Friday on the drinking water issue within the city.

The latest statement said the Public Utilities personnel were still flushing water out of the lines as of 5:30 p.m. Once an area is cleared from consumption and safe for use, they will issue a further updated.

Once cleared, residents are asked to run hot and cold faucets for approximately 10 minutes in order to eliminate any of the high PH water out of the lines located in the house/building.

Public Utilities said they will continue to notify residents by location when lines have been flushed and are safe for use.

ORIGINAL RELEASE AT 12:30 p.m.

The City of Breckenridge issued a statement Friday saying that the water currently has a higher than normal PH level and should not be used.
The water should not be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, food preparationbathing, showering, or hand washing until further notice.
Chemical contaminants may make you sick, and may be a particular health concern for some people. If you experience unusual symptoms and they persist, it is recommended you seek medical advice.

People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking water.
The city had a recent power outage that affected the amount of lime that is dispensed into the water at the water treatment plant. Lime is the water treatment that is used to soften water.

Too much lime was dispensed into the water, and thus the temporary increase in the PH level.

The lime issue has been corrected; however, it will take some time to get this water with the high PH levels through the system. Breckenridge said they are flushing the system through specific hydrants located throughout the city.

Breckenridge will announce when tests show water is safe and residents can return to using water. They anticipate resolving the problem by this afternoon.