Boil water advisory issued for the city of Rossville in Shawnee County

Boil water advisory issued

A boil water advisory has been issued for the city of Rossville public water supply in Shawnee County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday.

The advisory took effect on Wednesday and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved, the agency said.

The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure.

“Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination,” KDHE said in a statement.

Restaurants and other food establishments that have questions about the impact of the boil water advisory on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at kda.fsl@ks.gov or call (785) 564-6767.

The KDHE said customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

• 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 ice maker.

• 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.

• If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

For updates online, go to:

• the KDHE news website at https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/nr_index.aspx,

• the KDHE Twitter page at http://Twitter.com/KDHE.

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