For Immediate Release
February 9, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for the City of Woodston and Rooks County RWD #1

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Woodston and Rooks County RWD #1 water systems, located in northeast Rooks County. Both systems serve a combined population of approximately 300 persons.

KDHE officials issued the advisory due to a major leak and subsequent repair, which caused an interruption in water service resulting in little or no water pressure. 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 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  KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.