The small town of Hugo, Colorado had a recent health scare when the local authorities thought that a water supply well was tampered with and water was possibly compromised with THC. After extensive tests, no THC contamination was found in the local water supply.
The ‘crisis’ was created because of a combination of factors. First, local deputies found signs of tampering on a sealed well which supplies the town with water. Second, a Hugo company conducted routine employee drug tests and used plain tap water as a control test for a negative result. The test came back positive.
The company reported the incident, but the combination of factors led authorities to believe the possibility of a THC contamination. Several field tests came back positive without any additional information regarding the concentration of the substance. Regarding these types of tests, many substances could cause a false positive. As a safeguard measure, they warned residents to avoid any use and contact with the water.
After multiple tests had been performed by various agencies, there was conclusive proof that the water is uncontaminated, and they lifted the water advisory. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the investigation regarding the tampering of the well will continue. They will also reach out to the producer of test kits used in the field to determine why they had false-positive results.
Pot is legal in Colorado, as one of the first states to legalize it, but Hugo and Lincoln County have banned the commercial production and retail of the substance. Many experts have noted that THC is insoluble in water, but even so, it is unclear what effects high concentrations of THC would have on humans if consumed for a short period. Any lasting effect is very unlikely.
The Lincoln County Public Health Department tried to calm any fears by writing that:
“It would take more processed marijuana than any of us could afford to contaminate a city water supply to the extent that people would suffer any effects.”
In retrospect, the entire situation almost seems amusing, but thanks to the local officials efforts residents are reassured or in some cases disappointed about the security of their water supply.
What do you think about the entire situation? Would you try THC contaminated water?
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