Mar 1, 2010 9:22 PM by Stefanie Boe

Alamosa: tainted water update

Southern Colorado residents who say they were sickened by a salmonella outbreak blamed on Alamosa's water supply are suing the city.

The lawsuit filed in Alamosa District Court Monday alleges the city failed to monitor and maintain a sanitary water system. The outbreak in March 2008 sickened as many as 1,300 people and killed
one person.

State health officials said in a November report that the likely source of the outbreak was animal waste that got into the one of the city's underground reservoirs. The lawsuit alleges that the
city's three water storage tanks had not been inspected in more than 10 years or longer.

Alamosa's city attorney says the city's insurance carrier has been talking to the attorneys who filed the lawsuit for months.


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