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Do Not Drink Order Rescinded and Drinking Water Advisory Issued for Sundowner West Mobile Home Park

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By Kansas Department of Health and Environment 

 

SALINE COUNTY, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded Do Not Drink Order for the Sundowner West Mobile Home Park public water supply system located in Saline County. The Order took effect on April 11 due to a loss of pressure which placed the system at risk for bacteriological contamination. Laboratory testing samples collected from Sundowner West Mobile Home Park indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacteriological contamination are deemed by KDHE to be resolved.

A drinking water advisory has been issued for the area due to the occurrence of manganese concentrations above the EPA Health Advisory Level (300 ug/L) for infants under six months in parts of the distribution system.

Manganese is not currently regulated, as a precautionary measure to protect the health of infants below 6 months of age, the Kansas Department of Heath and Environment (KDHE) is advising customers of Sundowner West Mobile Home Park not to give tap water to infants. Formula and other food preparations for infants should not be prepared with tap water. Use bottled water or alternative sources of water for infants.

Manganese is a naturally occurring element found in soil, water, and air. It is commonly found in the food we eat, including nuts, legumes, seeds, grains, and green leafy vegetables and in drinking water. Our bodies require small amounts of manganese to stay healthy. Adults and children get enough manganese from the foods we eat. Infants and children get enough manganese from breast milk, food, or formula.

Too much manganese can increase the risk of health problems, particularly for infants under 6 months old. Infants are more at risk than older children and adults because their brains and bodies are quickly developing. Formula-fed infants get enough manganese from formula to meet their dietary needs. However, they may get too much manganese (above the recommended amount for nutrition) in their bodies when formula is mixed with water that contains manganese. Infants exposed to manganese over 300 ug/L may experience learning or behavioral problems.

This health advisory is being provided because EPA identified health risks from short-term exposure.

For more information about manganese in your water please visit the KDHE website: https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5170/Manganese-PDF

If you are concerned about manganese levels in your water, EPA recommends you do the following:
  • DO NOT GIVE TAP WATER TO INFANTS. Formula and other food preparations for infants under 6 months old should not be prepared with tap water. Use bottled water or alternative sources of water for infants. Making formula or foods with water containing manganese levels above the health advisory can increase an infant’s risk of health problems.
  • DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling, freezing, or letting water stand does not reduce manganese. Boiling can increase levels of manganese because manganese remains behind when the water evaporates.
  • Adults and children older than 6 months can continue to use tap water bathe, shower, brush their teeth, wash clothes, and dishes.
  • Tap water may also be used for food preparation such as washing fruits and vegetables, do not use to prepare foods that require boiling (spaghetti, rice, etc.)

If you have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

Sundowner West Mobile Home Park will test and evaluate the wells including an inspection of valves and treatment processes. A contractor with expertise in well cleaning has also been contacted to determine if cleaning will help address the problem. Additional sampling will be conducted to determine if this advisory can be rescinded. KDHE will continue to work with Sundowner Mobile Home Park to implement remedies that will resolve this situation.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown. Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a do not drink order, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For consumer questions, please contact the water system at: 785-479-6864 or you may call KDHE at 785-296-5514. For consumer information please visit KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information webpage: kdhe.ks.gov/waterdisruption.