The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently lifted a boil water advisory for Goessel in Marion County. The boil water advisory was originally implemented after the state's Department of Health and Environment discovered a main water line had sprung a leak in the town.
Goessel news source KSN reported the water main leak resulted in many residents experiencing reduced water pressure, and also increased the risk of possible contaminants entering the water system. The leak also caused chlorine residuals in the water to drop to inadequate levels. City officials said the water supply has been restored by the department, and it is now safe for drinking and other uses without having to be boiled.
According to the Hillsboro Star-Journal, the boil water advisory presented residents with instructions on how to prepare water before usage to ensure it was safe. The advisory recommended residents boil water for a minute before using, but boiling for more than three minutes could adversely affect the quality and taste of the water. The boiled water should only be used for drinking, diluting fruit juices and other food preparations.
Residents were also told to not use ice from household automatic icemakers, but rather fill ice cube trays with freshly boiled water. Further, dishes and other food contact surfaces should be disinfected for at least a minute in clean tap water that contains a teaspoon of household bleach per gallon of water used. The advisory said it was unnecessary to boil water used for bathing.