Lyons under a boil water advisory due to multiple water line breaks


LYONS, Kan. (KSNW) – Nearly a dozen in less than two days. That’s how many water mains broke in one central Kansas town. The city of Lyons is under a boil advisory following multiple water line breaks.

City crews have been working Friday for more than 30 hours to try to fix all of the main breaks. They said it was a water hammer that went through many of these pipes breaking them.

11 water breaks within 48 hours. A water hammer is known as a sudden change in pressure impacting the entire city. Some residents left questioning what’s going on.

“I went to the kitchen sink to get some water and the water pressure was just so low,” said LaVera, Simms, who lives in Lyons.

The Rice County Emergency manager said they are implementing their emergency disaster plan and have asked for assistance from the state.

Lyons has two water towers but one was under maintenance at the time of the water main breaks. What exactly happened is still under investigation.

“Hopefully they will be patient with the city of Lyons and working with the aspect of this is an unforeseen event that happened and we are working through what can and can not be prevented in the future,” said Greg Klien, the Rice county emergency manager, in regards to Lyons residents.

In an effort to help out those without water. The city is handing out water at the high school.

“Very very busy,” said Spencer Hoyt, the city employee who was handing out water.

“I thought I would come and get some for myself and two of my neighbor ladies that are older ladies to save us from boiling drinking water,” said Simms.

But concern grows without water.

“It’s hard when you have kids as well and you can’t do anything because you have no water,” said Brittany Williams, who lives in Lyons.

“Probably hygiene will be the number one issue for everyone,” said Simms.

The advisory took effect on Thursday and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in the distribution system.

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 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 necessarywhile bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

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.

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