Wellington, some rural Sumner County residents need to boil water after heavy rains

The City of Wellington and Sumner County Rural Water District No. 3 are under a boil water advisory following heavy rains that have caused flooding in areas of south-central Kansas this week.

Wellington’s advisory took effect Thursday. The rural water district’s advisory was issued Friday.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it will remain in place until problems with the water systems are fixed and the water is tested by a certified laboratory. In Wellington, a line break caused a pressure loss, leading to risk of bacterial contamination, the KDHE said in a news release.

There was a loss of pressure in the rural water district’s system, a second news release said.

“Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination,” the releases said.

The advisories are the third and forth issued for south-central Kansas this week. Residents of Augusta and Sedgwick County Rural Water District 3 were also told to boil their cooking and drinking water until further notice.

The KDHE is urging residents to:

  • Let tap water run until it looks clears.
  • Boil water for one minute before drinking or preparing food — or use bottled water instead.
  • Throw out ice cubes and don’t use household automatic icemakers.
  • Disinfect dishes and surfaces by immersing them for at least one minute in a mixture of one gallon clean tap water and one teaspoon of unscented household bleach.
  • Supervise children while they bathe so they don’t swallow any water. Generally bath and shower water doesn’t have to be boiled. Although anyone with cuts or severe rashes might consult their physicians.

Anyone with questions can call the water supplier or KDHE at 785-296-5795. More information about boil water advisories is located at www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm.

Restaurants and businesses that have questions about how the advisory might impact their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture at kda.fsl@ks.gov or 785-564-6767.

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