BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — A portion of the Butler County Rural Water District 6 public water district has been issued a boil water advisory by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

The KDHE recommends that customers 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 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.

According to the KDHE, the advisory took effect on Aug. 31 and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in the distribution system due to a line break.

Affected areas include Southeast 20th Street to southeast 400 Highway and U.S. 54 Highway to Coldcreek Road.

The KDHE says failure to maintain water pressure may lead to a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. 

The KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For questions, call the water system at 316-320-1301 or KDHE at 785-296-5514. For more information, click here.