For Immediate Release
December 9, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisory Issued for portions of the City of Horton, City of Willis

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Willis and portions of the City of Horton, which are both located in Brown County. The Boil Water Advisory for the City of Horton applies to the Circle Drive area, and areas north of 15th street and west of 1st Avenue East.

The City of Horton is reporting a loss of water pressure which has affected part of the city as well as the City of Willis. 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.
When water service is restored, residents in the cities of Horton and Willis 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 The City and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.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 785-486-2681.