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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2006

Boil water advisory issued

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department is issuing a boil water advisory for customers in the area of 47th to 63rd Street and Blue Ridge Cutoff to Lee's Summit Road due to a water main break at 47th and Pittman Road until further notice.

What is a boil water advisory?

    A water system may issue a boil water advisory when there is a concern a problem with drinking water may exist, but it has not yet been confirmed. This may be done, for example, while waiting for results of confirmation samples collected for bacteriological analysis, which can take up to two days plus the time required to transport samples to the laboratory.

What precautions should I take if under a boil water advisory?

    The following steps need to be taken:

    1. Boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use. Use only water that has been boiled for drinking, diluting fruit juices, all other food preparation and brushing teeth. (NOTE: Let water cool sufficiently before drinking (approximately 110 degrees F)

    2. Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.

    3. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. NOTE : LET WATER COOL SUFFICIENTLY BEFORE DRINKING (APPROXIMATELY 110 DEGREES F)

Do I need to boil bath water?

    Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

Some customers in this area may have been experiencing low pressure due to a water main break at 47th Street and Pittman Road that occurred Wednesday afternoon when a telephone contractor hit the 24-inch transmission main. Multiple Water Services Department crews including Engineering, Pipeline and the Laboratory have been on site since 5 p.m. Wednesday to repair the 24-inch transmission main.

    
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