The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Almena public water supply effective today, September 28. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure. Inadequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.
Officials in Almena hope to have the line break repaired by the end of today. If the line is flushed by morning and the chlorine residuals are up where they need to be, a sample will be taken to Topeka. The Boil Water Advisory will remain in affect until the results of the water sample come back from Topeka on Friday.
Almena residents 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 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.
- If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.