TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a boil water advisory Tuesday afternoon for the City of Ottawa.
There is no boil water advisory for any of the rural water districts, a city official said on Facebook.
KDHE officials issued the advisory because compressed air entered the distribution during maintenance on the irrigation system at the high school, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa, which puts the system at risk for contamination, according to a KDHE news release. The advisory will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE to be adequately resolved, the release said.
“The water is usuable, except for consumption,” Dennis Tharp, city utilities director, said. “There is water pressure. If you are going to drink it or cook with it, it needs to be boiled. We don’t want anybody to get sick.”
Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.
The release 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 tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.