Emporia

Van L. Johnson / Kansas Public Radio

Emporia residents no longer have to boil their water.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Sunday that a boil advisory had been lifted.

The advisory had been in place since Thursday, after a major water main break left the city of about 25,000 residents nearly waterless as temperatures soared. The break created the risk of possible bacteria contamination, although testing showed no evidence of such contamination.

Van L. Johnson / Kansas Public Radio

A water main break overnight caused most of the city of Emporia to lose water service for several hours Thursday. The break has been repaired, but it will take time for the entire water system to be fully restored.

The loss of pressure also created a contamination hazard. Tap water must be boiled for at least one minute before being used for drinking or food preparation.

Matt Keith, with the Department of Health and Environment, says the boil water advisory affects more than just the city of Emporia.

Ammonia Leak Sends Seven To Hospital

May 24, 2013

Seven people have been released from an Emporia hospital after an ammonia leak at the city's Tyson Foods plant.

Emergency workers were sent to the plant on Thursday.

KVOE News in Emporia reports that levels of ammonia at the site were registering at 10 parts per million, which is well below the lethal limit of 300 parts per million.

OSHA says workers can be exposed to a leak of 50 parts per million during an 8-hour shift.