Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

KDHE issues boil water advisory for Easton

September 27, 2007

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Easton.

KDHE issued the advisory because of total coliform bacteria found in numerous water samples taken from the public water system following a fecal coliform positive sample earlier in the month.

The advisory took effect on Thursday and will remain in effect until such time as testing of samples indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

Anyone served by the affected public water system should observe the following precautions:

  • Boil water vigorously for one minute prior to use. Boiling longer than three minutes may adversely affect the quality and taste of the water.
    ¢ Use only boiled water for drinking, diluting fruit juices and all other food preparation.
    ¢ Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.
    ¢ 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 or using backyard pools so water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

The system and/or KDHE will notify area media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded. For more information, call Mayor Sherry Dodson at (913) 773-8274 or Joe Blubaugh at (785) 296-5795.

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