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Update: Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Overbrook

Update Feb. 23, 2021: OVERBROOK, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Overbrook public water supply system this morning, Feb. 23, 2021. The advisory was issued Feb. 16 because of a waterline break resulting in a loss of pressure in the distribution system.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Overbrook indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

For more information, contact Overbrook City Hall at 785-665-7328 or KDHE at 785-296-5514. For consumer information, see KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information at www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm.

Update 12 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021: The waterline break has left areas west of Maple Street without service and low pressures throughout town. Repairs continued Saturday.

Both of Overbrook’s towers have their storage capacities reduced by ice formation within the tower, which limits ability to keep pressures higher at the areas not isolated by the break.  Hopefully, rising temperatures will help melt the ice.

System-wide low pressures were discussed with KDHE, with the conclusion the current boil advisory should be extended until bacT samples are submitted for testing. This extends the boil advisory to Tuesday, Feb. 23, the earliest the new bacT test results will be available.

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

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Update, Feb. 17, 2021: Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger reported crews are working on three waterline breaks this afternoon and most of the town is without water service. The town will remain under a boil advisory once service is restored.

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OVERBROOK, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Overbrook, located in Osage County, Kan. This advisory is not related to COVID-19.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If 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 ice maker.
  • 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 on Feb. 16, 2021, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE issued the advisory because of a waterline break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. A loss of pressure can lead to inadequate chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Regardless of whether the public water supplier or KDHE announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For consumer information, contact Overbrook City Hall, or KDHE at 785-296-5514, or visit KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information web page: http://www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm.

For information about the impact of the boil water advisory on restaurants and other food establishments, contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at [email protected] or call 785-564-6767.

Information thanks to KDHE.

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