For Immediate Release
December 14, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for City of Canton

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

KDHE officials are issuing the advisory due to a break in a water main, which is resulting in a loss of pressure in the distribution system. The City will shut off water service at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15 to make repairs.  When the City shuts off water service, water pressure will continue to drop and some areas may be without water for a period of time. Whenever such a loss of pressure occurs, it is possible for contaminants to enter the system. Also during this time, disinfection (chlorine) residuals may drop to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.

Residents in the city of Canton 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. The city and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.
Customers may direct questions to the City of Canton by calling (620) 628-4916.