Boil water advisory issued for portion of Osage County RWD 8

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for water users in the portion of Osage County Rural Water District 8 located north of Kansas Highway 4 (in Wabaunsee and Shawnee counties.)

Customers in that area should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • 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.

The advisory took effect Jan. 3, 2020, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure due to a water main break. Lack of pressure in a distribution system may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and increase the potential for bacterial contamination.

For consumer information, contact Osage County RWD 8 or KDHE at 785-296-5514, or see KDHE’s consumer information webpage: http://www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm

Restaurants and other food establishments that need information about the impact of the boil water advisory on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at  [email protected] or 785-564-6767.

Information thanks to Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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