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June 14 - RWD No. 2 - Boil Water Advisory


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for Rural Water District #2 in east central Osage County and a small portion of west central Franklin County.

A water main has ruptured, leading to a loss of pressure in the distribution system affecting all customers. When such a loss of pressure
occurs, it is possible for contaminants to enter the system. Also, chlorine residuals may drop to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.

Repairs to the water main are ongoing. Once service is restored, customers should observe the following precautions 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.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting
    the water run until it clears.

The order will remain in effect until testing of water samples indicates
no evidence of contamination and all other conditions which place the
systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be
resolved. The affected systems and/or KDHE will notify media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.

Customers with questions may contact Osage County RWD #2 at (785) 633-5455 or (785) 453-2356.