Adams State responds quickly to water advisory

(03-20-2008)

Adams State College moved quickly Wednesday afternoon to eliminate use of municipal water in its campus food service, following issuance of a bottled water advisory for Alamosa residents. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Wednesday ordered the advisory, due to an outbreak of Salmonella in the community.

"At this point, we are continuing all campus operations and regularly scheduled classes," said Dr. Michael Mumper, Adams State provost. Changes in that status and updates on the water situation are available on the ASC website.

Bottled water is being distributed to students living in campus housing. Thursday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m., the college began distributing a limited supply of water bottles to students for use at the city's three free water distribution sites. Bottles will be distributed in the Student Union Building solarium on First Street.

Adams State Dean of Students, Ken Marquez, said the campus Food Service, Sodexho, immediately discontinued use of municipal water and is preparing all food with bottled water, in accordance with public health requirements. Warnings have been placed on campus water fountains, and hand sanitizer will be provided in campus restrooms, including residence halls.

Sodexho currently has enough bottled water for five days of food service; more water has been ordered, and that status will be updated. The Food Service is taking all necessary precautions and is stocking bottled water, juice, and pop. Paper and plastic plates and utensils are being used. Cafeteria options may be temporarily limited.

Any student, faculty or staff member who exhibits symptoms of salmonella sickness is being asked to see their health care provider and to notify the Student Affairs office, 587-7221.

Campus personnel and students are directed to the following for more information on the advisory and salmonella:
COHELP line: 877-462-2911.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Centers for Disease Control

By Julie Waechter