July 21, 2016

You make this sound like it's a problem

Hugo, Colorado:

The Town of Hugo has been warned not to drink, cook or bathe using the local water supply, due to evidence of THC.

Thursday afternoon, Hugo Public Works told the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office about the issue in the town's water supply and investigators are assessing the situation with state authoritiesincluding the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol and federal authorities.

In other news, local motels and hotels report a flood of reservations being made from Berkeley.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 05:30 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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It is still not as awesome as the pipeline of beer (Or was it whiskey?  That would have been even better.)...

Posted by: cxt217 at July 22, 2016 01:09 PM (EvxH9)

2 I bet it caused a huge traffic jam on the morning commute, as everyone was driving very slowly...

Posted by: Boviate at July 22, 2016 06:31 PM (XRvFv)


Some of the news reports I've seen about this have pointed out that THC isn't soluble in water to any significant degree. There was only one lab that did testing, and it tested 10 samples and declared six of them positive.

Samples have been sent to other labs and definitive results are supposed to become available tomorrow. I suspect what we're going to discover is that the first lab is full of shit.

Also, there are five wells and only one of them tested positive. It's been taken offline.

A different point: THC is expensive and the amount it would take to contaminate the water supply for an entire town would be titanically expensive. It's difficult to believe anyone would waste their drugs like that. (When they would be getting wasted themselves instead, heh.)

So I think this is going to be a false alarm, and a major embarassment for someone.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 22, 2016 07:10 PM (+rSRq)

4 Have to keep in mind that they can now detect things like that at part per trillion levels. 

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at July 23, 2016 07:44 AM (l55xw)

5 The other tests came back, all negative, and the alert has been cancelled. The report I saw didn't outright state that the first test had been a false positive, but that's certainly the implication.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 23, 2016 01:19 PM (+rSRq)

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