City officials in Neodesha say the Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved an alternate water source Thursday after the system was forced to shut down due to a chemical plant explosion on Tuesday.
City crews are now able to temporarily use the alternate source to recharge its water system until the KDHE says the Fall River is safe again. The department is testing for chemicals from the explosion that may have contaminated the water.
Neodesha water customers are under a boil order until further notice and are encouraged to not use the water to allow the water reserves to be replenished.
According to the city's website, drinking water is available at the Civic Center until 9 p.m.
The city is expected to update the water situation around noon Friday.
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