Alamosa residents woke up this morning to learn they have about 72 hours before the town begins flushing a high amount of chlorine through its public water system.

When that begins, boiling water will no longer make it fit for cooking or drinking.  The town has been on a bottled water order since last Wednesday.

This town of 9,000, including Colorado’s Adams State College, was declared to  in a state of emergency today (3/21/08) by Gov. Bill Ritter due to the salmonella outbreak that may be related to the public water supply.

The emergency came as 139 Alamosa residents were said to be sick with salmonella.  Seven were in the