Medicine Lodge residents should boil water

MEDICINE LODGE, Kansas — People who get their water from the City of Medicine Lodge need to boil their water before drinking it.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the town.

According to health officials, there’s been a malfunction in the Medicine Lodge chlorine injection system and it’s possible contaminants got into the system.

The KDHE says, effective immediately, 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.
  • 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.

The system and/or KDHE will notify area media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.

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