A waterline break led to a water safety advisory Tuesday for the City of Burden and the early dismissal of local schools.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure due to a main break, according to a press release.
“The advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved,” the release states.
Lack of adequate pressure can result in the loss of chlorine residuals and lead to bacterial contamination.
Central schools in Burden were dismissed at 1:05 p.m. and 4-year old preschool was canceled for the day. All after-school activities were canceled except for high school girls volleyball in Udall.
The advisory is not related to COVID-19, the release states. Water customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
• If 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 ice maker.
• 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.
For consumer questions, contact the water system or KDHE at (785) 296-5514. For consumer information visit KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information webpage: 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 email the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (785) 564-6767.