For Immediate Release
May 3, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Cities of Scammon and Roseland

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the Cities of of Scammon and Roseland, which are located in Cherokee County.

KDHE officials are issuing the advisory due to a break in a water main, which resulted in a loss of pressure in the distribution system. The water main has since been repaired, but 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 Cities of Scammon and Roseland 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 The city and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.