Boil water advisories lifted for Wellington, part of Sumner County

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansas health officials have rescinded a boil water advisories for Wellington and Sumner County Rural Water District 3. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinded the Wellington advisory, which was caused by a line break, last week. The RWD 3 advisory, issued amid a loss of pressure, was lifted Wednesday.

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

If you have questions, contact the water system or you may call KDHE at 785-296-5795. Find more information here


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Augusta and Sumner County Rural Water District 3

KDHE officials issued Augusta the advisory Friday morning because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure and RWD 3 because of a loss of pressure. Loss of pressure can lead to bacterial contamination. 

Wellington USD 353 closed for the day due to the advisory. 

But area businesses remained open. Though it wasn't easy.

"We started boiling water, jugs of water, bought ice, soda pop and went from there," said Kip Etter, owner of The Dore Bar and Grill. "I'm trying to get information so I can order accordingly. Whether we order for a week or for two days."

He admitted, he might have closed if the boil advisory were issued on a typical Monday. But Fridays are one of his busiest business days, so they made do as much as they could.

"I think that w'ere very lucky being the community it is. They're very understanding," he said.

Boil advisories are also in effect for the City of Augusta and Sedgwick County Rural Water District 3.

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 advisories will remain in effect until the issues are resolved.

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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