Boil water advisory ends for Nickerson

Better Health & Wellness

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded the boil water advisory for the City of Nickerson in Reno County. The KDHE said lab tests done on water samples show no bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory had been in effect since Friday after a loss of pressure in the town’s water distribution system. A pressure loss can lead to lower chlorine residuals and possible bacterial contamination.

During the advisory, Nickerson residents had to follow these recommendations:

  • 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 ice-maker
  • 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.

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

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