Hugo, Colo., town officials lifted the water advisory they put in place Thursday after the latest tests showed no THC (a chemical compound in marijuana) present in the water supply.
An emergency message went out to Hugo residents Thursday, as well as a tweet from the Lincoln County sheriff department, telling people to stay away from the possibly THC-laden water. But now, after multiple tests have come back clean, the sheriff’s department says it believes it got false positives the first time and the water is safe to use, according to The Durango Herald.
“The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has just reached out to us and advised that samples taken from Well #1 and throughout town are NEGATIVE for THC. We are happy to report that the WATER ADVISORY is cancelled immediately. Please resume any and all water activities. The criminal investigation regarding the tampering and forced entry at Hugo Well #1 will continue by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office,” a Lincoln County sheriff department Facebook post reads.
According to The Durango Herald, the Lincoln County sheriff’s department is reaching out to the maker of the test kits to find out why they came back positive. Initial reports said that six of 10 wells had tested positive for THC contamination.
The Lincoln County sheriff’s department had also reported a break-in at one of the well sites, and according to its Facebook post, that investigation will continue.
“The criminal investigation regarding the tampering and forced entry at Hugo Well #1 will continue by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.”
While there was panic from some upon hearing the news, others were quick to point out that marijuana is not soluble in water and there was never any reason to be concerned about adverse health effects.
“The one thing that bothers me about this story from a scientific perspective is that THC is so insoluble in water,” Joseph Evans, a former scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, told The Denver Post. “I can’t even fathom the idea that THC would be in water at any type of solubility to create any kind of health hazard.”
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