For Immediate Release
May 11, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Cherokee County RWD #3 and the City of Treece

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for water customers of Cherokee County RWD #3 and the City of Treece.

KDHE officials issued the advisory due to a water line break resulting in a loss of water pressure. With little or no water pressure in the distribution system, it is possible for contamination to occur. Any time water pressure is lost in a system, this allows the potential for bacteria to enter.

Once water pressure is restored, residents served by the affected public water system should observe the following precautions:

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.  KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.