~ KC Water has issued a precautionary boil water advisory to customers from Pittman Road east to Lee's Summit Road and from E. 43rd Street to 53rd Street near Highway 40. This is due to a contractor accidentally striking a 12" main which caused a complete loss of water pressure around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, October 10th. Pressure was restored but during the downtime levels fell below normal.

Lab tests are being conducted on samples of water in the area noted and KC Water is recommending customers follow the boil water advisory until a cancellation notice is issued. Customers are advised to boil all drinking water for three minutes before using it for drinking, cooking or preparing food, and ice made with un-boiled tap water should not be used for drinking purposes. Dishes and food contact surfaces may be disinfected using tap water that contains one teaspoon of household bleach per gallon, while the tap water is safe for other purposes such as bathing; however, small children should be discouraged from swallowing bath water.

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Water boiled for drinking and cooking purposes may be used for brushing teeth, and customers will receive notification from KC Water that the boil water advisory has been lifted after the tap water has been tested and water quality has been confirmed. Restaurants may operate with the above considerations, while any food safety questions can be sent to the Environmental Public Health Program Office in the City's Public Health Department at 816-513-6315 or visit Customers with questions or concerns may contact KC Water by calling 816-513-1313 or visit their website for more information regarding Boil Water Advisories.

KC Water operates and maintains various utility systems such as water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City as well as wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. The utility is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on these three utility systems.

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