Health officials rescind boil water advisory for Moundridge

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for Moundridge in McPherson County.

The KDHE issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples indicated no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk were deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

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Moundridge schools were canceled Wednesday after the state issued a "boil water advisory" for the town in the middle of the night.

The city government announced the problem with statements at 3:00 a.m. on social media:

A statement from City Administrator Randy Frazer said the advisory was issued due to a loss of pressure in the water system. That loss can increase the risk of bacteria contaminating the water supply, along with a loss of chlorine residuals.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment must approve the water as being free of contamination, before the advisory is lifted. In the meantime, the KDHE offers these tips:

  •  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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