Residents of Lyon and Coffey counties are still feeling the effects from a water main break last week in Emporia.
State officials say the city of Emporia’s water is safe to drink, but they haven’t finished tests on water in surrounding areas. The boil water advisory means residents in those areas should continue to boil their water for one minute before it’s used for drinking or food preparation.
Matt Keith, with the Department of Health and Environment, says residents in 11 water districts should watch for notifications that their water is safe to drink.
“We will be posting those immediately and sending those out, but they should be keeping an eye out there because those systems are still recommending that residents boil their water,” says Keith.
Keith says the affected communities purchase their water from the city of Emporia.
It is taking time to flush the systems in the surrounding areas and test for any contamination caused by the water main break. Keith says it could be several days until the process is complete.
KDHE says the following districts still are under a boil water advisory:
· City of Admire, Lyon County
· City of Allen, Lyon County
· Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County
· City of Hartford, Lyon County
· Lyon County Rural Water District 1, Lyon County
· Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County
· Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County
· Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County
· Lyon County Rural Water District 5, Lyon County
· City of Olpe, Lyon County
· Park Place Communities Management, Lyon Count