Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil order for the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas served by the city including Rural Water #1, Rural Water #2, Rural Water #4 and the City of Princeton. The boil order has been issued due to a break in a main water distribution line near the City of Ottawa's water plant. This break has placed the system at risk for contimination.
The advisory was issued by KDHE at 8:45pm on August 27, 2016 and will remain in effect until further notice. Water pressure may be low for the remainder of Saturday evening. Any residence continuting to experience low water pressure into Sunday morning or beyond should contact the City of Ottawa water palnt at 785-229-3690 or85-229-3750.
Customers should observe the following 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.
-If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water fun uuntil it clears.
The City of Ottawa and Franklin County take all measures to notify customers quickly after a system failure. The public will be notified when the boil order has been lifted by KDHE.