For Immediate Release
July 7, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Doniphan County RWD #3

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for water customers in the city of Severance which are served water from Doniphan County RWD #3.

KDHE officials issued the advisory due to a number of positive total coliform bacteria samples and no disinfectant residual (chlorine) in the water distribution system.   Anytime there is an indication of bacteria in the water and no disinfectant residual to control bacteriological growth, there is a potential for other problems.

Residents in the city of Severance served by the affected public water system should observe the following precautions:

The KDHE, Kansas Rural Water Association (KRWA), city of Atchison and Atchison County RWD 5 are working with Doniphan County RWD 3 to resolve the problems.  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  KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.