For Immediate Release
January 13, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for the City of Overbrook

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Overbrook, which is located in northeast Osage 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 City is actively trying to locate and isolate the leak to restore pressure.  While repairs are being made, customers of the City may be without water for an extended 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.

When water service is restored, residents served by the city of Overbrook 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  KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.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 Overbrook City Hall by calling (785) 665-7328.