The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory for McCune.
The advisory took effect on Tuesday and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.
KDHE issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in a connected system. Lack of pressure in a distribution system may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and increase the potential for bacterial contamination.
Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
— If 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. People with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
Regardless of whether the public water supplier or KDHE announces a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.
Consumers with questions can contact the water system or KDHE at 785-296-5514. Consumer information also can be found on KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information webpage: www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-564-6767.