For Immediate Release
October 1, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for the City of Sedan

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

KDHE officials are issuing the advisory due to a number of water main breaks which were caused by water pressure changes after bringing a new water storage tank online.  These main breaks have resulted in a loss of pressure and loss of water service in the distribution system. The water mains are in the process of being repaired and 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.

Once water service is restored, residents in the city of Sedan 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 The City and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded. Concerned customers may contact the City by telephone at 620-725-3193.