Health officials lift boil water advisory for Belle Plaine

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BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for Belle Plaine  in Sumner County.

The advisory was issued Wednesday because of a loss of pressure caused by a lightning strike. 

The KDHE said laboratory testing samples indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed to be resolved.  


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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the public water supply for Belle Plaine in Sumner County. 

The advisory took effect Wednesday and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed resolved.

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 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.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure caused by a lightning strike. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The KDHE said in a news release that public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. The KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.