The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory May 8 for Sedgwick County Rural Water District 3. 

Southeast of Wichita, the district includes rural areas surrounding Derby, Mulvane, and Rose Hill. The advisory does not impact residents connected to a city water system. 

The advisory was issued because of a line break, which resulted in lost pressure in the water system. Without adequate pressure, the system could lose chlorine residuals and be at risk for bacterial contamination. 

A release from KDHE says the advisory will remain in place “until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.”

The department advises the following precautionary steps for residents in the district:

    • If tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears up.
    • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or cooking with it. Bottled water is also advised. 
    • Dispose of ice cubes, and do not use ice from a household ice maker.
    • Disinfect dishes by immersing them for at least one minute in clean tap water, containing one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
    • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Children should be supervised while bathing to prevent water ingestion. People with cuts or rashes may want to contact a physician. 

 For questions, contact KDHE at (785) 296-5795.