For Immediate Release
January 16, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for City of Chetopa

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Chetopa, which is located in southeastern Labette County.

A water main break has resulted in a loss of pressure in the distribution system.  Whenever 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 water 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 The city and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.