For Immediate Release
June 25, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Public Health Advisory Issued for Portion of Eight Mile Creek in Butler & Cowley Counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is issuing a public health advisory for Eight Mile Creek in Butler and Cowley counties.

The City of Rose Hill’s main wastewater pump station shut down Sunday, June 24, due to equipment failure. This caused a release of untreated wastewater to a tributary of Eight Mile Creek. The City of Rose Hill was able to restart the pump station and stop the release of wastewater.

The health advisory extends through the portion of Eight Mile Creek from Southwest Butler Road north of Rose Hill in Butler County to where the creek enters the Walnut River in Cowley County.

KDHE advises individuals to have no contact with Eight Mile 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.

KDHE and Rose Hill officials are working together to collect samples of the creek and will continue to follow up with water testing to determine when this advisory can be lifted.