Update: Conservation order rescinded for Humboldt area
Update from Humboldt, Kansas Facebook page:
“Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1:30 pm
PUBLIC NOTICE: The City of Humboldt is rescinding the Conservation Order issued on Saturday. KDHE has reported that test results from samples taken on Saturday conform with federal water quality standards. They have also confirmed that the water processed on Friday meets standard and is safe for consumption.
You may resume normal water use without restriction. All water in our towers, distribution, and our water plant meets federal standards and is safe for consumption.
Thanks to everyone for your efforts to conserve and for your patience as we have successfully dealt with this water crisis.
Please share this post.”
HUMBOLDT, Kan. – KDHE has reported that test results from samples taken on Saturday conform with federal water quality standards. The City of Humboldt is rescinding the Conservation Order issued on Saturday. Residents may resume regular water use.
January 2nd was the first date residents were asked to conserve water. It came after a fire at the Mid-West Fertilizer facility in Iola. There were concerns about possible contamination of the Neosho River, affecting the water supply downstream.
On Jan. 3rd, the KDHE reported the water they tested met federal standards. The City said they were authorized to resume water production.
Today, Jan. 4th, the City is once again asking residents to conserve water, posting the following to social media:
“Saturday, January 4, 2020, 7 pm
PUBLIC NOTICE: The City of Humboldt is asking you to begin conserving water, effective immediately. KDHE has asked us to take this precautionary measure. The water in the towers was already in our plant prior to the chemical spill and IS SAFE TO DRINK.
This affects the City of Humboldt, RWD #9, and RWD #10.
Please do not fill containers. Limit water use to essential use such as drinking, cooking and sanitary purposes.
The water in our water towers is safe but in limited supply.
Please share this message.”
Officials continued to explain in a comment to the post, “Humboldt, Kansas: KDHE and the City are being proactive to maintain public safety. We are acting on the latest test results which vary as the chemicals move downstream. Yesterday, the river water met federal standards and today it does not. We understand that changing back and forth is confusing and frustrating, but it is necessary to move through this water supply crisis. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.”