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KDHE issues boil water advisory for Chetopa

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CHETOPA — Chetopa residents should boil water until further notice as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory Tuesday. 

The water system was exposed to bacterial contamination as the water distribution system lost pressure, KDHE said in a Tuesday press release.

Specifically, the Kansas Department of Transportation hired contractors to replace highway signs. In the process of drilling a hole, crews hit Chetopa’s water main, causing the pressure loss, said Toni A. Crumrine, Chetopa city clerk. 

If tap water appears dirty, KDHE advises residents to flush water lines by letting the water run until it clears. Residents also should boil water for one minute before eating or drinking. KDHE said residents should dispose of ice cubes and refrain from using ice from a household automatic ice maker at this time. 

KDHE will revoke the order once the water pressure system returns to normal. 

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