The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Friday issued a boil water advisory for Towns Riverview in Finney County, after determining that the subdivision's water system currently can't maintain the minimum required chlorine, putting the system at risk for bacterial contamination.

The KDHE will test samples from the system at a certified laboratory and announce when the issue has been resolved.

Until KDHE rescinds the advisory, Towns Riverview residents should take the following precautions:

• Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.

• Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.

• 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.

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

• If tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

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