For Immediate Release
June 14, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Osage County Rural Water District # 2

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for Rural Water District #2 in east central Osage County and a small portion of west central Franklin County.

A water main has ruptured, leading to a loss of pressure in the distribution system affecting all customers. When such a loss of pressure occurs, it is possible for contaminants to enter the system. Also, chlorine residuals may drop to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.

Repairs to the water main are ongoing. Once service is restored, customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

The order will remain in effect until testing of water samples indicates no evidence of contamination and all other conditions which place the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved. The affected systems and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.

Customers with questions may contact Osage County RWD #2 at (785) 633-5455 or (785) 453-2356.