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Boil Water Advisory Issued for Wichita Water

10/7/2021
Contact: City Communications, (316) 268-4351 |

The City of Wichita has issued a Boil Water Advisory.

A video feed with information about the water advisory and current water break information can be found here https://www.facebook.com/cityofwichita/videos/2548024728676693.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • 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 advisory took effect on October 7, 2021 and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. City of Wichita officials issued the advisory as a precautionary measure due to system-wide low pressure.

Regardless of whether the public water supplier or Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For consumer questions, City of Wichita at 316-265-1300, or KDHE at (785) 296-5514. For consumer information please visit KDHE's PWS Consumer Information webpage: http://www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm

Restaurants and other food establishments that have questions about the impact of the boil water advisory on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture's food safety & lodging program at kda.fsl@ks.gov or call (785) 564-6767.

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