A boil water advisory for the City of Ford was issued Thursday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

A news release from KDHE said that if customers' tap water appears dirty, they should flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

A line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system was the reason behind the advisory, and failure to maintain adequate pressure could result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination, according to KDHE officials.

According to KDHE director of communications Kristi A. Pankratz, customers must boil water for one minute before drinking or food preparation or use bottled water; dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker; and disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains 1 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. People with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

The boil water advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

Only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Contact the water system or KDHE at 785-296-5514 for consumer questions or for consumer information, or visit KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information webpage at  www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm.

Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at kda.fsl@ks.gov or call 785-564-6767 can be contacted by restaurants and other food establishments if they have further questions.


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