July 20, 2024

OVERBROOK — The state has issued a boil order for the city of Overbrook. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the boil order because of a break in a water main which caused the city’s water tower to drain, resulting in a loss of pressure in the water system. The city is trying to find the leak. Until then, Overbrook residents may be without water for an extended period of time. The KDHE said whenever such a loss of pressure occurs, it’s possible for contaminants to enter the system and disinfection efforts aren’t enough to protect against bacterial contamination. The KDHE said you should boil water vigorously for at least one minute but not longer than three minutes. Use only boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth, diluting fruit juices, and food preparation. If you have an automatic icemaker, toss the ice cubes. To wash dishes and other food contact surface, use clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. You don’t need to use boiled water to bathe. The KDHE said the boil order will remain in effect until testing shows no contamination.

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