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KDHE deems Quenemo’s water system no longer at risk of contamination

Update: April 16, 2024: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Quenemo public water supply system located in Osage County. The advisory was issued April 8 because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Laboratory testing samples collected at Quenemo 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.


TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Quenemo public water supply system as of April 8, 2024, due to a utility contractor accidentally breaking a water line, resulting in low pressure in the distribution system. KDHE officials issued the advisory because failure to maintain adequate pressure may put the system at risk for bacterial contamination. The advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

  • Water users 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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