Boil Water Advisory for Part of Ellsworth County RWD No. 1

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KDHE

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for part of the No. 1 Water Supply System in the Ellsworth County Rural Water District (aka Post Rock) located in Ellsworth County.

This boil water advisory affects customers located on the north end of Wilson Lake in Osborne County, as well as customers in southwest Lincoln County. This notice is unrelated to COVID-19.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

● If the tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines, letting the water run until it is clear.

● Boil the water for one minute before drinking or preparing food, or use bottled water.

● Dispose of the ice cubes and do not use ice cubes from a household automatic ice maker.

● Sanitize dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersing for at least one minute in clean tap water containing one teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon of water.

● Water used for bathing generally does not need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. People with severe cuts or rashes may want to see their doctor.

The advisory went into effect on Friday and will remain in effect until conditions that put the system at risk for bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE issued the advisory due to a power failure resulting in a loss of pressure. Failure to comply with the pressure may result in a risk of bacterial contamination.

Whether the public water supplier or the KDHE has announced a boil water advisory, only the KDHE can issue the cancellation order after a test performed in a certified laboratory.

For consumer questions, please contact the water system or KDHE at 785-296-5514. For more consumer information, please visit the KDHE PWS Consumer Information web page: http://www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm

Restaurants and other food establishments who have questions about the impact of the boil water advisory on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Accommodation Program at [email protected] or call 785-564-6767.

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