The city of Moundridge has issued a boil water advisory for the city public water supply in McPherson County. City officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in the system. This loss of pressure may result in a loss of chlorine and open the door to bacterial contamination.

Moundridge schools will be closed Wednesday due to the boil water advisory, according to the district’s Facebook page.

All middle school and high school team practices scheduled for Wednesday will take place at the discretion of each coach, the post said.

The advisory took effect on April 19 and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials to be adequately resolved.

Residents should observe the following precautions until further notice:

Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water. Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may consult their physicians. If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

The city of Moundridge will follow its Emergency Water Plan to notify customers after a system failure and will keep the public informed until the boil order is rescinded. For additional information call Moundridge City Hall at 620-345-8246