(Jewell, KS) -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory Friday for the City of Jewell.
A tornado destroyed the city’s water tower Thursday night. That resulted in a loss of pressure in the water distribution system.
Crews expected pressure to be restored by Friday afternoon. However, health officials say contaminants may have entered the system and chlorine residuals could have dropped to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.
KDHE says people on the Jewell water system should take the following precautions until further notice:
·Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use
·Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic
·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 advisory 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.