For Immediate Release
Mike Heideman, 785-296-4363
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Jewell. The city is located in southern Jewell County.
The tornado has destroyed the city’s water tower and there has been a loss of pressure in the water distribution system. Pressure is expected to be restored this afternoon. Whenever such a loss of pressure occurs however, it is possible for contaminants to enter the system. Also, chlorine residuals may drop to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.
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 The city and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.