Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2006

Water passes tests; boil advisory lifted

January 5, 2006

Baldwin City residents can drink the water once again, as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the city's water passed its test and lifted the boil advisory Thursday afternoon, according to City Administrator Jeff Dingman.

Dingman said KDHE called Bill Winegar, who called Dingman shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday to give him the good news.

"We are pleased it came back the way it did," Dingman said. "We tested six parts of town and they all came back good. The advisory process was just a precautionary measure. We are glad it came back clean."

Supt. James White said USD 348 will be going as scheduled Friday with its classes.

"We will be doing some things in the buildings tonight with draining some lines," White said. "But we will be ready to go in the morning."

KDHE issued the advisory Tuesday to protect the public health because the city's water supply became alarmingly low because of a valve malfunction, which makes it possible for bacteria to enter the system.

Repairs to the system have been made and bacteriological sampling has been completed. There is no evidence of bacteria in the system; therefore, the precautionary boil water advisory is no longer needed, according to KDHE spokesperson Sharon Watson.

Check the Signal's Web site for updates on this story. A story on the week's water developments is in this week's issue of the Signal, which is available at numerous locations in the city, including Baldwin City Market and Sante Fe Market, as well as newsracks in front of the Signal office at 703 High St. and across the street at the post office. Next week's Signal will have more details.

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