Boil water advisory issued in rural Saline County

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SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A "boil water" advisory was issued Wednesday in Saline County Rural Water District 2.

A statement from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said a line break led to a loss of pressure in the water system. The KDHE explained that can lead to bacterial contamination and a loss of chlorine residuals.

Rural Water District 2 covers an area of about 40 square miles east of Salina.

The advisory will continue until the KDHE determines there is no longer a risk of contamination. Until then, the state offered these suggestions to customers:

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