Boil water advisory issued for Carbondale and Osage County Rural Water District No. 5

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Carbondale and Osage County Rural Water District No. 5 public water systems. This water district also serves water to small areas of Shawnee, Douglas and Franklin Counties.

The possibility of untreated raw water being pumped directly to the distribution system from the Carbondale treatment plant has prompted this advisory. Osage County RWD No. 5 is included in the advisory because the water district purchases water from the Carbondale system.

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

The system or KDHE will notify area media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded. For more information, contact the City of Carbondale office at 785-836-7108 or the Osage County RWD No. 5 office at 785-665-7223.

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