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NEW***Boil Water Advisory Issued for the 12 Purchasing Systems of Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12***
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the 12 purchasing systems of Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12:
City of Lebo                City of Quenemo                     Coffey Co. RWD No. 3
City of Lyndon             City of Waverly                       Osage Co. RWD No. 4
City of Melvern            City of Williamsburg                Osage Co. RWD No. 6
City of Pomona           Anderson Co. RWD No. 4       Melvern Res Arrow Rock

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.
  • 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 I clears.

The advisory took effect on August 20, 2018 and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.  KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system.  Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of 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.

Restaurants and other food establishments that have questions about the impact of the boil water advisory on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture's food safety & lodging program at or call 785-564-6767.

For updates online, go to:
• the KDHE news website at https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/nr_index.aspx,
• the KDHE Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/KDHEnews or
• the KDHE Twitter page at http://Twitter.com/KDHE.

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