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Red Cross Supporting Water Emergency in Saguache

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If the situation lasts longer we will step up the delivery.

Saguache, CO – Monday, November 10, 2014 – The Red Cross delivered 600 gallons of water to residents of Saguache, Colo., as officials work on correcting a problem with local water resources.

Residents of Saguache, Colo., a town of about 600 people about 55 miles north of Alamosa, are being told to boil their water before drinking. Officials from the town of Saguache have asked the Red Cross to help supply water as a stopgap until further testing and disinfection can be accomplished.

“Right now we are providing enough water for one day,” said Bill Werner, Disaster Program Manager for southern Colorado. “If the situation lasts longer we will step up the delivery.” So far the Red Cross team has delivered 55 cases of bottled water (20oz) and 45 cases of one gallon water bottles. The team went door-to-door to residents and to the Saguache School. The San Luis Valley Emergency Operations center assisted with 500 sanitized water containers and 45 cases of the one-gallon containers.

Emergency management officials in Saguache County are working to sanitize water tankers to help provide an additional supply. This situation may continue until Thursday and the Red Cross will continue to provide support.

Residents are being instructed to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and then let it cool before using and moving to another container. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.