HUGO, Colo. — Officials have urged residents in a small Colorado town not to consume their water after several wells tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
So far no illnesses have been linked to the water in Hugo — a town of around 700 people located roughly 100 miles southeast of Denver — according to officials.
The announcement comes after a local company was testing its own water and got a positive result. Local law enforcement was then notified and further testing in other locations took place, which revealed additional positive results, reports ABC Denver affiliate, KMGH.
“At this point we’re not taking anything off the table,” Captain Mike Yowell with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office told KMGH. “We’re looking at all angles here.”
Investigators said during a press conference Wednesday evening that six of the ten water samples taken had tested positive for THC.
While officials said their field tests weren’t able to show how much THC was in the water — only that the chemical was present — they have urged residents to stay clear.
“As a precaution until we know more about the levels of contamination in the water, Hugo residents may want to consider other sources of water for drinking and cooking,” the Department of Public Health and Environment released in a statement.
“The water is considered safe for bathing, showering, brushing teeth, washing hands, watering yards, washing dishes, cleaning, and laundry,” the statement added.
The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were called in to help with the case.
Local police will begin distributing bottled water starting Friday morning.
Hugo prohibits marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing, testing facilities and retail marijuana stores, although those activities are legal elsewhere in the state, according to The AP.