Updated August 20 at 5:00 PM CST - Statement issued by City of Parsons
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded the boil water advisory for the City of Parsons, which is located in Labette County in southeast Kansas. The original boil water advisory also affected some residents of eastern Neosho Co. RWD #4 and southern Labette Co. RWD #5.
The city of Parsons self-issued the boil water advisory on August 17th, because of a loss of pressure in the water system caused by a water line break. Laboratory testing on samples collected indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.
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Updated August 17 at 8:30 PM CST - Statement issued by City of Parsons
**UPDATE ON WATER MAIN BREAK at 7:55 p.m.**
City water crews have isolated the broken line, and the Parsons Water Treatment Plant is back up and running, producing water at nearly 100%.
We are asking that residents continue to conserve water while the distribution system builds pressure, which could take at least the next four hours. AND...
THE ENTIRE CITY IS UNDER A MANDATORY BOIL ORDER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We will be under that order indefinitely, likely into early next week as successful testing must be completed after repairs are made. We will let you know when it has been lifted.
As for the Boil Order, if the water is going to be consumed, it is required to be boiled.
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Posted August 17 at 7:52 PM CST - News release issued by City of Parsons
PARSONS, KS - A water main break has led to no water within the City of Parsons tonight. Residents are asked to conserve water, and eliminate all unnecessary usage.
Crews found the main break around 6:40 p.m. near the Parsons Water Treatment Facility.
"One of our main feeder lines from the water plant to our distribution lines broke this evening, causing the entire community to have low or no water pressure," said Kari West, City of Parsons Public Information Officer. "We have crews on the scene right now working to repair the main break, but unfortunately, we cannot anticipate how long it will take to get the pressure back into the system. All we know at this point is, it's going to take a little while."
Because of the low pressures in system, once the water comes back on, residents will be under Mandatory Boil Order, which will be kept in place for at least 24 hours.
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