City update on water

Fontenelle Dam seen from downstream. (Bureau of Reclamation)

The following is a statement from the city of Casper regarding concerns over city water, in the area of Boots Drive.

“Independent lab results confirm Casper’s water continues to be safe to drink.

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Two sets of water samples, including samples from the house where a water concern originated, were taken on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The City of Casper sent one set to an ill independent lab and the other to the Central Wyoming Regional Water System lab.

All samples were negative for total coliform.

On Monday, November 26, 2018, the City of Casper received a call from a concerned citizen
whose household water tested positive for total coliform in a private test. The presence of total coliform is an indicator that other potentially harmful fecal bacteria could be present.

City crews responded immediately and took water samples from that house and the surrounding area. Some of the samples were positive for total coliform.

No water sample tested positive for fecal
bacteria.

As a precautionary measure, crews flushed hydrants in the neighborhood and converted
the neighborhood to a different pressure zone to increase chlorine residuals and water circulation.

The City of Casper sampled the water again on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. At no time
have test results indicated the tap water was not safe to drink.

To prevent stale water and avoid conditions conducive to producing coliform, it is likely that the neighborhood will stay on the alternate pressure zone until late spring or early summer when water demands are greater.

The City of Casper is serious about water quality and performs water quality tests weekly throughout the city throughout the year.

Citizens served by Casper water who have water concerns are urged to call the City.”