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Ottawa boil order is rescinded

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 30, 2016

OTTAWA — The Kansas Dept. Of Health and Environment lifted Ottawa’s boil order late this morning.  The KDHE said tests show no evidence of contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved, and that the water is safe to drink.  Residents in the cities of Ottawa and Princeton, Rural Water #1, Rural Water #2, Rural Water #3 and Rural Water #4 can use tap water for all purposes.  Ottawa utilities director Dennis Tharp said you can take six steps to flush home water systems of any possible contamination: Remove air in the line by turning on taps on slowly and running water until the sputtering stops; flush water pipes and faucets by running the water until it is clear – “You can feel a change in the temperature of the water and it should get noticeably colder,” Tharp explained.  If you have a water softener, run one regeneration cycle following the directions in your owner’s manual; drain and refill the water heater if it’s set to a temperature lower than 113 degrees; change the filter cartridges and follow directions in the owner’s manual for any needed disinfection of a household water treatment system; flush and clean any water dispensers or ice makers connected to a public water line, and change the filters. Throw out ice and flush the dispenser for 3-5 minutes. Run the ice maker for one hour and throw out all the ice again.  The city and KDHE issued a boil-water order Saturday night after a water main break emptied the city’s two water towers and leaked nearly a quarter of a million gallons of water.  “The risk for any illness as a result of this water line break is very low,´ said Midge Ransom, Franklin County health director. “The city took the appropriate actions to manage the situation.”

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m.


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