New boil order issued for Garden Plain

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By Travis MountsTSnews

Garden Plain water customers are under a new boil order as of Thursday afternoon.

A new problem was discovered at mid-afternoon. At 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Garden Plain city clerk said that water customers did not have water service. A leak or water line break is suspected, but city officials were not immediately certain where the problem was.

One water service is restored, users will need to boil water for at least one minute before drinking it or using it for cooking.

Once water is again available, customers should conserve their use while the water tower is refilled.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment offers these precautions for boil orders.

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.

A boil order was issued for Garden Plain last weekend due to a water main break and a loss of water in the water tower. That boil order was rescinded on Wednesday. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Regardless of whether the public water supplier or Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For consumer questions, please contact the water system, or KDHE at 785-296-5514. For consumer information please visit KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information webpage:

kdhe.ks.gov/waterdisruption

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.
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