"The challenging thing about High Park is that it occurred in the vicinity of a drinking watershed," said Rosario-Ortiz. "When you have these initial flushes" -- a term used to refer to post-fire flooding -- "if you're drawing water from that source, you can't just treat the water. Conventional methods won't work."
Ash clogs filtration systems and changes the chemical balance of the water, he said. "If you have the option of turning to another water source, that's your best bet," he added.
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