Boil water advisory issued for Lebo after contract crew hits water main downtown

Water service has been restored, but Lebo residents are under a boil water advisory until further notice.

The town's water supply had a loss of pressure because of a water main break Tuesday morning.

City Clerk Carrie Sloan says crews hit an old line downtown during a project to replace the remaining cement lines in place since the early 1950s.

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Sloan says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was notified immediately and testing should begin soon.

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Sloan says most of the cement lines were replaced by plastic lines in the 1990s, save for those in and near downtown Lebo. About 6,600 feet of water main should be replaced by summer.

Sloan says this is the first boil water advisory for the town in her 22 years as clerk.

Lebo residents are told to take several precautions for the time being:

*Boil water for one minute before drinking or food preparation.
*Get rid of current ice cubes and don't use automatic icemakers.
*Disinfect dishes and other food prep areas by using a solution of one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and immersing for at least 60 seconds.

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