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Boil advisory lifted in Arma

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Updated July 24 at 12:20 PM CST:  Arma, Kansas residents can now safely use the water from their faucets.

City officials tell us the water results came back clean from the Kansas Department of Health this morning.

The city wide boil advisory has now been lifted.

Updated July 23 at 4:40 PM CST:  A boil advisory is in effect for the city of Arma, Kansas while officials await test results of water samples taken today.

The advisory came after a water main break over the weekend, with the scorching temperatures we're experiencing to blame.

Muriel Stroud of Arma might have normally shied away from producing unnecessary heat on an already hot day.  But this afternoon she fired up her stove to boil a pot of water after the city issued a boil advisory.

"I'd rather do that then wonder what's in it and not take care of it," Stroud tells us.  "Shouldn't bother anybody really and nowadays everybody's in the house anyhow in the air conditioning."

Brad Johnson also doesn't mind doing a little extra work to make sure his water is safe, saying it's "no big deal".

"Boil orders is a necessary evil," Johnson says.  "When you have a breakage you've got to fix it.  You just expect that."

The boil order came as a result of a ruptures water main below the pavement.  City officials say the extreme heat caused the surface to shift, which then pulled the underground pipes apart.

"When we have a dry, hot summer like we're seeing right now, it's not uncommon," says Arma City Administrator Troy Graham.  "We're using PVC pipes now, which we've upgraded a lot of our system over the years and that's the safest way to be with something like that, but you just can't foresee it."

Kansas Department of Health officials did take some test samples of the water but until the results come back the advisory will remain in place.

"Better safe than sorry," Graham says.

Graham expects the test results to come back by Tuesday morning, possibly even late Monday evening.  If everything is clear the boil advisory will be lifted.

The city had also asked residents to refrain from using any unnecessary water after the breakage occurred, but that advisory is no longer in place.

Updated July 23 at 1:40 PM CST:  Officials tell us they are downgrading the city of Arma from a boil order to a boil advisory.

We're told no contaminants have been found at this time, but residents are still being advised to boil water until further notice.

Posted July 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM CST:  The city of Arma, Kansas is under a boil order after a water main break Sunday afternoon.

City officials say the rupture was caused by extreme heat.

About half of the city was without water for a couple of hours.

Water has been restored but a boil order will remain in effect until further notice.

Residents are asked to refrain from any outdoor watering and unnecessary use of water.

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