The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Norton, effective July 30th. KDHE officials issued the advisory due to a water line break, resulting in a loss of pressure in the distribution system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.
Residents in the City of Norton served by the affected public water system should observe the following precautions until further notice:
- If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
- 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.
The advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. The City and/or KDHE will notify media and the public when the boil water advisory has been rescinded.