June 5, 2014

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Boil Water Advisories Issued for Howison Heights Water District
in Saline Co., Ottawa RWD No. 2 in Ottawa Co.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued boil water advisories for the Howison Heights Water District located in Saline County and Ottawa Rural Water District (RWD) No. 2 in Ottawa County. These water supplies experienced a loss of pressure in the respective water systems due to power outages associated with area thunderstorms. When such a loss of pressure occurs, it is possible for contaminants to enter the system. Chlorine residuals may also drop to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.

Effective immediately, customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories.