TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Bel Aire and Park City public water supply located in Sedgwick County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of an electrical failure that led to a loss of chlorine.
The advisory took effect on May 12, 2017, and will remain in effect until the conditions that place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved adequately.
Anne Stephens from the City of Bel Aire tells KSN News the city gets 50 percent of its water from the Chisholm Creek Utility Authority. She said 200,000 gallons of water did not get proper chlorine levels. The city gets 50 percent of water from Wichita, and it is blended together with the water from the Chisholm Creek.
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.
KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.