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K-State Today Special Issue

August 15, 2016



Manhattan campus and city of Manhattan under boil water advisory

By Division of Communications and Marketing

Update: 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16

The boil water advisory for the city of Manhattan has been rescinded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Tests did not detect any contamination in samples collected from Manhattan's water system. Read the information from KDHE.

Read FAQ from the city of Manhattan for information about what to do after a boil water advisory.

Update: 4:19 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15

The city of Manhattan Water Treatment Plant is now fully operational following an early morning power outage and subsequent issues with communication systems. Read the boil water advisory update from city of Manhattan.

Update: 1:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15

Kansas State University is posting signs throughout campus — including at building entrances and on all water fountains — to remind everyone not to drink water from fountains or tap water and to drink bottled water.

The university is providing bottled water to buildings and residence halls.

The university's dining centers follow all health regulations. Housing and Dining Services is working with dining center staff to follow any additional health regulations for the boil water advisory. Until the advisory is lifted, bottled water and soft drinks are being used.

This advisory is only for consumption of water and disinfecting dishes and other food surfaces. Students can still wash hands and shower as normal.

The university is working closely with the city of Manhattan to share information and updates through social media, emails, text messages and other communication methods.

Read the city of Manhattan's news release for more information.

Read the drinking water advisory communication toolbox from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

10:49 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the Manhattan public water supply. A power outage caused inadequate pressure that may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Everyone should follow precautions until further notice:

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

Read KDHE's news release for more information.

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