KDHE issues boil advisory for city of Overbrook

Update 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 2018: Repairs have been completed and service has been restored. Four samples are to be sent to a lab and the results should be back some time on Sunday. The boil advisory will remain in effect for all customers on Overbrook’s water systems until sample results are satisfactory. Results are expected Sunday. For more information, call or text Jim Koger at  785-224-5157.

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OVERBROOK, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Overbrook, Kan., because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system.

A line break first occurred yesterday, Jan. 25, 2018, but Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger reported that two additional water main breaks last evening required that valves be shut off to keep from draining the water towers. As a result, customers on Locust Street north of Fifth Street, and customers in the vicinity of Walnut Street and Seventh Street west towards Maple Street were out of service overnight Thursday.

Koger said the city had been in touch with KDHE regarding the situation and a boil notice was issued late last night.

Repairs were to begin this morning, and once completed, bacteriological tests are required before the boil advisory is lifted. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

“Unfortunately, there is a real good chance the boil advisory will have to run through the weekend as the lab is not open on Saturday and the test takes 24 hours to complete,” Koger said.

According to KDHE, the boil advisory will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

KDHE will rescind the boil order once the supply has been deemed safe.

The city first reported a line break and service interruption yesterday around 1 p.m. and later reported that a valve was broken and would require more time for repair. Later in the evening, two more breaks were experienced, requiring valves be shut off to keep from draining the water towers.

For more information, contact Overbrook City Hall at 785-665-7328.

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