TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a boil water advisory for Harper County RWD 4 public water supply system, located in Harper County.
KDHE stated this boil water advisory is not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
KDHE advised customers to 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
The advisory took effect on July 21 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 the water district cannot currently maintain the minimum required chlorine residual. Failure to maintain required chlorine residual levels may put the system at risk for bacterial contamination.
Regardless of whether the public water supplier or KDHE announced a boil water advisory, only KDHEcan 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 by clicking here.