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CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2010

Drinking Water Warning

A water sample result reported on May 1, 2010 revealed the sample was positive for E. coli, a common indicator for water quality. The positive sample was collected on April 30, 2010 from a recently installed fire hydrant at 7400 Sycamore. As a precautionary measure the Water Services Department is issuing a boil order for the area south of Gregory, east of I-435, west of Booth, and north of 77th Street.

The presence of E. coli in drinking water is an indication that the water may contain other contaminants and should not be used for drinking water.

Residents in the affected area should boil all water that is used for cooking or food preparation for at least 3 minutes. Residents should also take the following precautions: Dispose of ice cubes and do not use the ice from a household ice maker; Remake ice cubes using only boiled water. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least 1 minute in clean tap water that contains 1 teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Bathing water does not need to be boiled but close supervision of children is recommended to be certain the water is not ingested while bathing. The water can be used for clothes washing.

The Water Services Department collects samples from all areas affected by a water main break or when repairs are made to the distribution system as a precautionary measure. When repairs are being made the distribution system is vulnerable to contamination from soil and other debris that can be dislodged and enter into the exposed pipe. A new hydrant was installed in this location by a private contractor.

Crews have been dispatched to the site and will be flushing lines in the neighborhood and collecting more samples. As soon as the new samples are tested, the results will be made available to the public and the residents in the affected area. The first sample results will be available on Sunday, May 2, 2010. The boil order will be lifted as soon as the water from the affected area is tested and shown to be safe for consumption. The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City.

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