UNIONTOWN, Kan. (WIBW) -- People who live in Uniontown, Kansas need to boil their water before using it, according to a new warning from the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment.
The agency issued the "boil advisory" on Tuesday after a loss of pressure to the city's public water supply system. Lack of adequate pressure can cause a loss of chlorine residuals and increased bacterial contamination.
It will remain in effect until all power is restored to the system and KDHE determines that all of the conditions that placed the system at risk have been resolved.
Until then, residents using the Uniontown water system should:
- 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 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 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 run until it clears.