The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Wellsville effective Thursday and will remain in effect until the conditions are deemed safe, according to a KDHE news release.

KDHE issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system, the release said. This may cause a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Residents should observe the precautions until further notice that include boiling water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water, disposing of ice cubes and do not use ice from and automatic icemaker, and disinfecting dishes and other food surfaces for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, according to the release.

Water used for bathing does not need to be boiled but children should be supervised in the bath to make sure they do not ingest the water, the release said. 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, according to the release.

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 & lodging program at kda.fsl@ks.gov or call 785-564-6767.