Boil water order issued for Howison Heights
by Doug Armbruster, originally posted on June 20, 2016
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory Monday for the Howison Heights Water District, located in Saline County about 3 miles north of Interstate Highway 70.
The KDHE issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in the water supply, which can result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. The advisory took effect today and will remain in effect until the KDHE determines the problem is resolved.
Just last week, some Howison Heights water customers visited with the Saline County Commission to express concerns about the quality of the water. But commissioners said they had no authority in the matter. They asked county counselor Mike Montoya to draft a letter to the Kansas Commission Corporation urging them to take action.
Ottawa County Rural Water District No. 2 and Tim Howison, owner of Howison Heights Water District, are negotiating an agreement for the rural water district to serve the Howison Heights customers.
Customers affected by the boil order should boil water for one minute before drinking it or using it in food preparation, or use bottled water.
Also, ice cubes should be disposed of and dishes should be disinfected before use.
Water used for bathing does not normally need to be boiled. If tap water appears dirty, the water line should be flushed by letting the water run until it clears.