Water and Food Safety
Some simple steps to address water and food safety can ensure that you assess, discard or access safe sources of food and water.  For homeowners, other systems such as septic, wells and household equipment may have in-line water that needs special attention, as well.

Is water from my faucet safe?

Many of the public drinking water supplies that were affected by the floods have been fixed. The systems currently on a boil or bottled water advisory are listed below. Residents in these areas should not drink tap water without boiling it first.  Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Until further notice, boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing baby formula and food.
 

I have well water, is it safe?

Important information for water well owners in Colorado flood areas about disinfecting procedures and standards, decontamination procedures, who to contact, and placing wells back in service.

>> Decontamination of Wells

Handling Home Equipment that Uses Water

Steps to take after a water boil or bottled water advisory for your area to ensure ALL of your drinking water is safe. Including water from your refrigerator, ice maker, dishwashers, washer and dryers, water filtration systems and more.
 
>> Equipment start up after boil order

Handling Food, Utensils, and Home Furnishings

Important information regarding food handling, sanitation, hygiene, food and utensil disinfecting, handling home furnishings and furniture, household cleanup, making a disinfecting solution, preventing mold growth, garbage and trash storage and handling, dealing with standing water, swimming pools and hot tubs, and using generators and power washers after returning or reentering their home or residence.
 
>> Disaster Recovery and Food Handling

Be Careful When Cleaning Out Your Pantries, Fridge and Food Items

Information about resources and equipment for personal safety and protection during flood cleanup including recommended skin, eye, ear, and respiratory (breathing) protection.

>> Personal Protection for Flood Cleanup

Do I Need a Dust Mask?

Additional supplementary information about using the right respiratory (breathing) masks for your safety and protection during flood cleanup.

>> Using the Right Dust Mask for Flood Cleanup

Disease and Floodwater

Important information about disease risks and dangers from flood water and safety precautions to protect yourself and others from disease from flood water.

>> Infectious Disease and Flood Water