The city of Burlington is under a boil water advisory ordered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Sunday.
The city's water tower shut down and was not operating for about 20 minutes. Due to the lack of water pressure, the advisory was issued.
The boil advisory remain in effect until water samples have been tested, and indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.
Anyone served by the affected public water system should observe the following precautions:
1. Boiling procedure: Bring water to a vigorous rolling boil and sustain boiling for a minimum of one minute. Boiling longer than three minutes may adversely affect the quality and taste of the water.
2. Use only boiled water for drinking, diluting fruit juices and all other food preparation.
3. Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.
4. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for a at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
5. Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
The system and/or Burlington will notify area media when the boil advisory has been rescinded.