For Immediate Release
May 3, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Hog Creek stream advisory remains, E. coli levels remain elevated

Water quality has improved at Hog Creek stream since the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) first issued the health advisory on April 13, but KDHE continues to see elevated levels of E. coli at some sites in the creek. Therefore, the creek advisory remains in effect until bacteria concentrations drop to acceptable levels.  

Hog Creek is near Basehor. This stream advisory covers those portions of Hog Creek located between 158th Street and Kansas Avenue, and 171th Street and Parallel Road.

The investigation and advisory at Hog Creek started after KDHE’s Bureau of Water (BOW) was informed of a fish kill. Until that investigation is complete, KDHE cannot be certain of all the factors contributing to the increased levels of E. coli.

KDHE last tested samples on Tuesday, May 2, and expects to have those test results on Wednesday, May 4.

KDHE advises individuals to have no contact with Hog Creek between the locations identified above until further notice. Residents are also advised to keep their pets and livestock from making contact with the water. Ingestion of E. coli can make a person ill.

If you have questions, please contact KDHE Communications at 785-296-5795.