For Immediate Release
December 18, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Jefferson County Rural Water District (RWD) 10

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for Jefferson County RWD 10, which is located on the north east side of Perry Lake in Jefferson County.

KDHE officials are issuing the advisory due to a break in a water main which has caused the water tower to drain resulting in a loss of pressure in the distribution system. The District will be making repairs during the day Friday, December 18.  While repairs are being made, customers of the District 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) levels are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.

Residents served by Jefferson County RWD 10 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  KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.

Customers may direct questions to the Jefferson County RWD 10 by calling (785) 608-3516.