Boil water advisories issued for Augusta and part of Sedgwick County

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Augusta in Butler County and Sedgwick County Rural Water District 3 located in southeastern Sedgwick County. 

The Augusta boil order was issued Wednesday afternoon due to a loss of pressure. KDHE officials issued the RWD 3 advisory Wednesday morning because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure. Loss of pressure can lead to bacterial contamination. 

Rural Water District 3 is southeast of Wichita and includes areas surrounding Derby, Mulvane and Rose Hill. It doesn't affect residents connected to a city water supply.

The advisories will remain in effect until the issue is 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.

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.

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