Franklin County Rural Water District 6 had another line break Tuesday and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a boil water advisory.
The first water line break occurred Sept. 29. The advisory remained in effect due to discolored water caused by manganese, which was dislodged from the water line during the break, KDHE officials said.
“We are in daily contact with the operator,” Cathy Tucker Vogel, Public Water Supply Section Chief, KDHE, said. “The water district is working quickly to repair the leak, flush and disinfect the lines. Unfortunately, the weather conditions are making this effort difficult. KDHE’s lab is quickly processing samples to ensure water is safe to drink and service resumes soon.”
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.