What’s Going on With Denver’s Tap Water?
If you are a resident of Denver, Colorado, you may have heard about the recent E.Coli contamination in Englewood’s water supply. Although the water boiling order has been lifted, there are still some concerns between citizens and health officials. In this article, we will explore what exactly is going on. All information has been taken directly from the CDC’s official website.
What is E. Coli?
The CDC defines E.Coli as Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) are bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. E. coli are a large and diverse group of bacteria. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. For example, some E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others can cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia, and other diseases.
E. Coli in Water
Human or animal feces infected with E. coli sometimes get into lakes, pools, and water supplies. People can become infected when a contaminated city or town water supply has not been adequately treated with chlorine or when people accidentally swallow contaminated water while swimming in a lake, pool, or irrigation canal.
E. Coli Infections and Symptoms
The main symptoms of an E. coli intestinal infection are:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
Some people do not notice any symptoms. Children are more likely than adults to have symptoms. Symptoms usually start 3 or 4 days after you come in contact with E. coli. Most people get better in about a week. Unfortunately, they often don't see a doctor and know that E. coli causes their problems.
When E. coli causes severe problems with the blood or kidneys, symptoms include:
- Pale skin
- A fever
- Passing only small amounts of urine
So, What’s Going on With Colorado’s Water?
According to The CDC, “Denver has seen some improvements in E. coli levels over the past five decades, but Jon Novick says it remains a persistent problem.”
Here’s what Jon Novick, Environmental Administrator with the Denver Department of Public Health, has to say…
“Over the past 10 to 15 years, there hasn’t been much change although all the work we’ve been doing to improve water quality, and part of that is related to the fact that these organisms live in the sediment, in the streams, and so they have all the shelter that they need, and they have food sources and once they’re there, it’s just very challenging to remove them.”
What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?
A water filtration system is the easiest and most cost-effective way to keep your water clean. Some water filters will remove e-Coli, but mass-market filters such as Brita and Zerowater WILL NOT remove e. Coli. The water supplied by the city varies from area to area. But, no matter how the Municipalities treat your tap water, there are residual chemicals and contaminants left behind. A Kleenatap Water Filtration System can eliminate all unwanted contaminants and provide you with safe, clean drinking water.