KDHE issues boil order for Coffeyville; water emergency canceled in Independence

Posted at 6:51 AM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 09:51:01-05

As the City of Independence canceled its water emergency prompted by a chemical plant explosion in Neodesha on Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil order for the City of Coffeyville Thursday.

According to the city's website, the advisory was issued due to a loss of pressure in the public water supply. It will remain in effect until the KDHE says the problem is resolved.

The water department says the city's water was turned back on Friday morning but residents must still boil their water before consuming due to the low pressure.

Coffeyville water customers are being asked to take these precautions:

  • Boil water for one minute before drinking or food preparation
  • Use bottled water
  • Dispose of ice cubes and don't use ice from an automatic icemaker
  • Use clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water to disinfect dishes and food contact surfaces
  • The water is considered safe for bathing. Supervise children to make sure water is not ingested while bathing
  • If tap water appears dirty, let the wsater line run until it clears

Bottled water is being distributed at the Youth Activity Center in Coffeyville, the Dearing Fire Department, the South Coffeyville Fire Department and the Edna Lumber Yard. There is a limit of five bottles per car.

Check the city's website for more updates.

RELATED: Water emergency ends in Nowata | Neodesha receives approval to draw water from alternate source

Meanwhile, city officials in Independence say they received permission from the state to resume system water use Friday morning.

The city strongly urged residents to stop using water on Thanksgiving to avoid a boil order. Officials say they were successful in maintaining enough pressure, effectively ending the city's water emergency.

Bottled water was brought in and distributed at ICC West and City Hall during the crisis.

The EPA sent water samples from Independence and Coffeyville to Dallas to be tested for chemicals believed to be from the Aerosol plant in Neodesha or the foam from responding firefighters.

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