Kansas National Guard delivering emergency water supply to Norton


FILE – In this June 12, 2018, file photo, a potentially toxic blue-green algae bloom in Provo Bay in Provo, Utah. Researchers and officials across the country say increasingly frequent toxic algae blooms are another bi-product of global warming. They point to looming questions about their effects on human health. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune […]

UPDATE: Monday, June 25 — The City of Norton has rescinded a boil water advisory and water restrictions. The city announced on their website that they are now observing water conservation measures.

“Beginning Sunday night on June 24th, even numbered addresses will be allowed to water on even numbered days, and odd numbered addresses will be allowed to water on odd numbered days. Watering will only be allowed between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. on your designated day.”

Governor Jeff Colyer has declared a state of disaster emergency for the City of Norton due to harmful algae blooms in Sebelius Lake. The algae blooms are affecting the surface water intakes for the public water supply. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory for the Norton public water supply on June 19.

Colyer said in a news release the Kansas National Guard will be taking drinking water to Norton due to the toxic algae affecting the town’s water supply.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has requested Kansas National Guard resources to transport 26 pallets of bottled water to Norton. The bottled water was donated by Harvesters in Kansas City, Missouri, and Topeka. The 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based out of Olathe, will transport the pallets to the Manhattan National Guard Armory on Saturday morning, June 23. The 997th Brigade Support Battalion, based out of Hays, will transport the water Saturday afternoon from Manhattan to Norton.

“The cause of this response is due to the harmful algae bloom in Lake Sebelius, which is where the city gets most of its drinking water,” said Leo Henning, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Director of Environment. “We are working closely with federal, State and local leaders on monitoring and testing water supplies. Our goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of those in the community. We are working quickly with others to resolve the water quality concerns.”

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