Red Cliff issues boil order

RED CLIFF — Residents in Red Cliff were asked to boil their drinking water for a few days this week, but town officials believe the problem should be cleared up by Friday.

Town Clerk Barb Smith said “human error” led to the boil order, because the chlorine level in the town’s water dropped below safe standards. Smith said the town uses a micro-filtration system to clean its water, which comes out of Turkey Creek. That system continues to work as it should, Smith said.

Mayor Scott Burgess said the chlorine is used to keep the town’s water lines disinfected. The drop in the chlorine level was discovered Tuesday, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was notified. Since then, the lines have been flushed and chlorine has been added.

Despite some recent winter problems with the water system, Burgess said this is the first time the town has issued a boil order since 2003.

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