KDHE has issued a boil water advisory for portions of the Garden City public water supply system

Finney County, KANSAS – According to the state officials, the advisory took effect on May 17 and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials said that the advisory has been issued because of a loss of pressure in the distribution system due to a line break and affects the following areas:

  • On Jennie Barker Road from Schulman Drive to US 50 
  • The area From Spruce Street south to US 50 from US 83 Highway to Farmland Road
  • East Garden Village 
  • Prairie Winds 
  • Towns Riverview

NOTE: Failure to maintain water pressure may lead to a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Regardless of whether the public water supplier or Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

According to KDHE, customers 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.