UPDATE 4:27 p.m.11/5: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Spring Hill Public Water Supply, located in Johnson County. The advisory was issued because of high turbidity. High turbidity in a distribution system may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown. Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory. Laboratory testing samples collected from Spring Hill indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved. For consumer questions, please contact the water system or you may call KDHE at 785-296-5514. For consumer information please visit KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information webpage: http://www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm
UPDATE 9:31 p.m. 11/04: Crews are leaving for the night. We will return to both locations tomorrow, 11/5, at 7:30 a.m. to continue distributing bottled water.
UPDATE 6:07 p.m. 11/04: We will be handing out bottled water at City Hall, 401 N. Madison St., on the west side of the Civic Center and Public Works, 502 E. Nichols St, beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight 11/04. At this time, we will be limiting to one case per vehicle. IMPORTANT: If you plan to pick up water at the Civic Center, please use the west side parking lot (off Jefferson Street). At this lot, only enter at the south entrance. For those picking up water at Public Works, please enter from the east on Nichols Street. Staff will be available at both sites to direct traffic.
News release from KDHE Please see the attached news release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of an event within the Miami County Rural Water District No. 2 plant that resulted in turbidity or brown water entering the system. The City of Spring Hill does not produce water but rather obtains all water from Miami County RWD2. This does not impact WaterOne customers.
It is important to note that a boil water advisory does NOT mean the water is compromised or unsafe to consume but the possibility exists. A boil water advisory is a voluntary public statement advising consumers to boil tap water vigorously for at least one minute before consuming it. Advisories are issued when an event has occurred that possibly compromised the quality of the water.