BOIL WATER ADVISORIES and BOIL WATER ORDERS

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CURRENT INFORMATION:

There are currently no boil advisories or orders in effect.

Understanding Boil Water Advisories and Boil Water Orders

KC Water produces and delivers clean, safe drinking water right to the taps of almost a half million Kansas City residents and 33 wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. We monitor and test water quality at every level, from source to tap, to ensure the purity of our drinking water. Our dedicated employees work around the clock to test drinking water for more than 300 contaminants, exceeding the required EPA standard of testing for 181 contaminants. Additionally, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources sets state regulations for drinking water; KC Water meets or exceeds every single one.

Thanks to careful monitoring and strict safeguards, it is unlikely that drinking water quality would be compromised, but in rare cases when a condition in the distribution system may put the water at risk, KC Water would issue a boil water advisory.  An advisory does not mean that the drinking water is contaminated, but rather that it could be contaminated, so precautions should be taken until drinking water quality testing can be completed to confirm that no bacterial contamination is present.

Boil Water Advisory

boil water advisory is issued as a precautionary measure. Under a boil water advisory, it is recommended that customers follow these guidelines:

  • Boil all drinking water. Tap water should be boiled vigorously for three minutes before using it to drink, cook, or prepare food. Let the water cool sufficiently before drinking.
  • 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.
  • The tap water is safe for other purposes such as bathing; however, small children should be discouraged from swallowing bath water.
  • Water boiled for drinking and cooking purposes may be used for brushing teeth.

Boil Water Order

boil water order is issued if contamination has been confirmed in the drinking water system. Under a boil water order, it is essential and necessary that customers follow the guidelines outlined in the bullet points above.

Do Not Use Order

do not use order is only issued in a chemical contamination event, in which case boiling water would be ineffective at removing the contaminant. If such a warning would occur, customers would be told not to use tap water for any purpose.

Cancellation Notice

KC Water issues a cancellation notice once tests on the water confirm that it meets requirements for public drinking water and is safe to drink without boiling. At such a point, customers no longer need to boil water prior to drinking or cooking.

Questions?

Do you have questions about your drinking water?  Please contact us:

KC Water Laboratory:  816-513-7000 (Available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
KC Water Dispatch:  816-513-0416 (Available 24/7)
Email:  water.quality@kcmo.org