Boil Water Advisory For Howison Heights
KSAL Staff - October 10, 2013 2:44 pm
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the Howison Heights Water District public water system in Saline County. This system is a privately-owned water provider serving a population of approximately 200 in a development near Salina.
The water system is currently experiencing a fluctuation of chlorine residuals in the distribution system. Recent chlorine residuals collected by KDHE have ranged from highs of greater than 5 mg/L to lows of 0 mg/L. Since there are some areas of the system where chlorine levels may have dropped below the required minimum free chlorine level of 0.2 mg/L, customers of the system are advised to 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 is working with the owner/operator of the water system to properly address the chlorine residual issues and will notify area media when chlorine residuals are stabilized and the boil water advisory has been rescinded.