WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the public water systems of Norwich and Garden Plain.

The advisories took effect on Jan. 2, 2023, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

KDHE officials issued the advisory in Norwich because of a pipe break and low water pressure in the distribution system.

KDHE officials issued the advisory in Garden Plain because of an equipment malfunction causing low water pressure in the distribution system.

Failure to maintain the required water pressure may put the systems at risk for bacterial contamination. 

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • 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.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • 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.

The KDHE will rescind the orders following testing at a certified lab.

For consumer questions, please contact the water system at 620-478-2278 or KDHE at 785-296-5514.