TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Smith Center public water supply system. The advisory was issued because of a water line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the distribution system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure could lead to a loss of chlorine residuals and result in 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 the city of Smith Center 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.