Alamosa water contaminated with Salmonella...
As reported by The Associated Press, The Denver Post, and The LA Times:
Recently the Alamosa city water supply was found to be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella bacteria may be found in water sources such as private wells that have been contaminated with the feces of infected humans or animals. Waste can enter the water in different ways, such as, sewage overflows, contaminated storm water runoff, and agricultural runoff. The most common symptoms of salmonella infections are fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Salmonella can cause serious and potentially fatal infections, especially in young people and the elderly.
Area residents have been advised to stop using tap water from the city's water system due to the salmonella outbreak.
Alamosa uses a deep well that is not chemically treated to disinfect the water. Officials plan to flush the water systems with very high concentrations of chlorine to flush out the salmonella. This makes the water unsafe to use as well, and it may be weeks before residents can use or drink their water. During the clean up of the salmonella problem, people are relying on bottled water which is becoming scarce and causing a lot of businesses to remain closed. A less expensive alternative is a home Reverse Osmosis Unit with Ultraviolet Sterilization.
Different types of diseases in water are cropping up all over the world, from all types of contaminants in water. Be safe and be sure. Have your water tested and treated accordingly.
Aside from salmonella in water, systems throughout the world are being found to have more drugs and chemicals in them. Read more about it on our pharmaceuticals in drinking water page.