BELLAIRE, Kan. — Customers of Smith County Rural Water District No. 1, which includes the town of Bellaire, are being urged to boil their water for drinking or food preparation until further notice following a line break and resulting loss of pressure, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced.

KDHE issued a boil water advisory for all services south of 140 Road between M and X roads in Smith County, including in Bellaire. The advisory took effect Monday and is to remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

When adequate pressure is lost in a public water system, the result may be loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. Only KDHE will be authorized to issue a rescind order following water testing at a certified laboratory.

In the meantime, customers in the affected area are being advised to take the following precautions until further notice:

If tap water appears dirty, flush 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 generally does not need to be boiled. Children should be supervised while bathing so they don’t ingest the water. Individuals with cuts or severe rashes may wish to seek medical advice before deciding how to proceed with bathing.

For more information contact the water system or KDHE at 785-296-5514.

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