For Immediate Release
October 22, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for the City of Canton

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

KDHE officials are issuing the advisory in advance of work to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 22.  The City will shut down water production in order to make repairs and conduct work on the storage tank and valves in the distribution system.  During this time, customers will lose pressure and be without water service until work is completed.  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.

The City anticipates work to be completed late Friday evening.  Once water service is restored, residents in the city of Canton 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 The City and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.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 620-628-4916.