For Immediate Release
December 12, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Additional Boil Water Advisories Issued in Response to Ice Storms

Advisories Issued Earlier Today Remain in Effect

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) on December 12 has issued additional boil water advisories in response to the ice storms that have occurred this week. They include:

Also, boil water advisories issued earlier today for the cities of Chetopa and Treece, and for Cherokee County Rural Water District (RWD) #3 in southern Cherokee County remain in effect.

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 The KDHE and/or local officials will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.