Drinking water and showers for residents returning home

Wells may need to be tested before they can be used; there is cooking and drinking water available at 7 locations. (See map or list below for locations.)

250 gal. community-use water totes are available at several locations around the #ColdSpringsFire burn area. Residents should bring empty jugs or containers to fill up with water for their home cooking and drinking use.

An 8-unit shower trailer is set up at the Nederland transfer station at 286 Ridge Rd. for any residents who don’t have water or power restored and want to take a shower.

Only six homes are currently without power.

Fact guide on: Wells and Wastewater After a Fire


  • Visually inspect your well and other components of your water system for damage including melted wiring for pumps and the well head.
  • If the well head has been damaged, temporarily cap or cover the well with a 5 gallon bucket to prevent contaminants from entering.
  • If you find damage to your well or water system, contact an appropriate contractor to repair the damage.
  • If your water tastes or smells earthy, smoky or burnt, you may need to thoroughly flush your water lines.
  • If you have concerns about water safety, have your water tested. If you have a cistern that was exposed to the fire, have the water in it tested.

Intersections where community-use water totes are available:

  • Bonanza/Ridge
  • Blue Spruce/Ridge
  • Cold Springs/Ridge
  • Cougar/Ridge
  • Hurricane/Ridge
  • Summer Rd/Ridge
  • Cold Spring/Hummer

water map