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Quenemo: KDHE rescinds boil water advisory

Update March 22, 2024: KDHE has rescinded the boil water advisory for Quenemo, Kan., effective today. The advisory has been in effect since March 15, 2024, when a utility contractor broke a water line.


Have a little sympathy for our neighbors in Quenemo as they work through their recent water system problems. After the city being under a days-long boil water advisory this month, that order was rescinded this morning only to be reinstated a few hours later. Around noon today, March 15, 2024, Kansas Department of Health and Environment again issued a boil water advisory for the city of Quenemo public water supply system due to a utility contractor accidentally breaking a water line. The March 5 break was also caused by a utility contractor. The current advisory is the fifth for Quenemo this year.

The advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE officials issued the advisory because failure to maintain adequate pressure may put the system at risk for bacterial contamination.

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

KDHE will rescind the order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For more information, contact the water system at 785-759-3315 or KDHE at 785-296-5514. For consumer information see kdhe.ks.gov/waterdisruption.

Impacted businesses can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at kda.fsl@ks.gov or call 785-564-6767 for more information.

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