Update: The boil water advisory for Quenemo has been rescinded as of Oct. 7.

QUENEMO (KSNT) – State health officials have issued a boil water advisory for the City of Quenemo in Osage County.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said in a press release on Thursday, Oct. 5 that residents should take precautions. These include:

  • 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.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • 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 issued the advisory due to a loss of pressure in the water system caused by a line break. This can result in a loss of chlorine residuals and create bacterial contamination.

The KDHE is responsible for rescinding the boil water advisory once the issue is fixed. If you have questions regarding this advisory, call the water system at 785-759-3315 or the KDHE at 785-296-5514. For more information, go to the KDHE’s website.

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