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Update: State lifts boil advisory for Pleasanton water

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

A main break forced a shutdown of Pleasanton water on Friday night, and even though pressure returned on Saturday, the city was under a boil water advisory until Tuesday morning. (File photo)

PLEASANTON – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced that a boil water advisory for the Pleasanton water system was rescinded late in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

According to a release on Tuesday, "Laboratory testing samples collected from City of Pleasanton indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved."

Pleasanton public works Superintendent Corey Morrisey said Monday evening that the test sample that was sent to th KDHE lab in Topeka would result in an all-clear on Tuesday. The original advisory was issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) effective Friday, Sept. 15.

Morrisey said that he was notified of a water main break about 7 p.m. on Friday. Morrisey and the public works crew worked through the night to repair the break, and city water lines began to be pressurized about 4 a.m. on Saturday. The water system was up to full pressure shortly after noon that day.

One of the problems facing the crew was that there was no valve to isolate the break from the tower, Morrisey said. Because of that, the city's water system was without pressure for so long that KDHE was forced to issue the boil advisory.

Pleasanton city Administrator Becky Hegwald said in an email Monday morning that a boil advisory for the city's water supply issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) was expected to be lifted as early as Monday evening, Sept. 18.

Hegwald said that a water main break forced the city crews to shut the water off at the tower to fix it.

"Since it was off for more than 20 minutes, it depressurizes the system," she said. " It was off for about an hour so that is why the advisory was posted."

Hegwald said that iIf the break would have happened during the week, it wouldn’t have been so long.

"We had to wait until this morning to take samples to KDHE in Topeka," she said. "Hopefully, we will get the all clear this afternoon or in the morning."

Members of the Pleasanton City Council praised Morrisey and his crew during Monday's city council meeting.

Councilwoman Rochelle Schreckhise took the praise even further, telling Morrisey that a long-time resident had told her that quality of city water had never been better.

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