For Immediate Release
December 12, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisories Issued for Chetopa, Treece, Cherokee Co. RWD #3

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued boil water advisories for the cities of Chetopa and Treece, and for Cherokee County Rural Water District (RWD) #3 in southern Cherokee County.

This week’s ice storms have caused a loss of pressure in these public water distribution systems, 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.

Once service is restored, customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

The advisory 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 The KDHE and/or local officials will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.