The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Medicine Lodge, according to a news release Monday.
The city’s water supply had a malfunction in its chlorine injection system. The advisory is effective immediately.
The KDHE said in its release that residents should use the following precautions until further notice:
• Boil water for one minute before drinking it or for food preparation.
• Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from an 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 need to be boiled. Supervision of children while bathing is necessary so that the water is not ingested.
• A person with cuts or severe rashes may want to consult their physicians. If tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
The KDHE or local officials will make an announcement when the advisory has been lifted.
For more information, contact Darrel Plummer at 785-296-5523.