Boil Water Advisory Issued for Portions of Ottawa County Rural Water District No. 2, Ottawa County
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for portions of Ottawa County Rural Water District (RWD) No. 2 located in Ottawa County. The advisory is issued for Ottawa County RWD No. 2 customers located between Gerard and Simpson roads on the west and east respectively and between Coronado and Stimmel roads on the north and south respectively.
Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
• If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
• Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
• Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
• Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
• Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
The advisory took effect on Saturday, February 22nd, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure due to a waterline break. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.
Regardless of whether the public water supplier or KDHE announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.