Health Effects of Wichita Water Contamination

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As Wichita residents, we rely on the public water supply to drink, bathe, cook, and more. We trust that our local government’s Public Works and Utilities Department is responsibly keeping the water clean and safe for all who use it.

However, Wichita water treatment plants experienced an issue on Tuesday, June 7th that increased the turbidity, or cloudiness, of the water. This problem could allow harmful bacteria to contaminate the water supply. People and animals could then become sick by drinking contaminated water.

City officials quickly issued a boil water advisory while the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) worked to gather water samples to test for bacteria. Boiling water should kill any bacteria present and make it safe to drink. However, it is possible that some people drank or used the contaminated water before they realized there was a problem.

Which Cities Have Been Affected by the Boil Water Advisory?

In addition to the city of Wichita, the boil water advisory affected the following cities that use water from Wichita:

  • Andover
  • Derby
  • Kechi
  • Rose Hill
  • Valley Center
  • Sedgwick County Rural Water Districts 1, 2, and 3

As the KDHE completed testing in each area, they lifted the boil order once they knew it was safe. Some areas were clear as early as Wednesday, June 8th, while others had to wait until Friday, June 10th.

Signs You Drank Contaminated Water

If you drink contaminated water, it usually takes about 24 to 48 hours to start showing symptoms. Common symptoms include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

People who are overall healthy will typically recover within a day or two. They likely will not need medical treatment unless they become severely dehydrated. However, individuals who are elderly or immunocompromised may be more likely to develop severe illness that requires medical attention.

Can I Sue the City for Contaminated Water?

Government entities are responsible for providing clean water. If you became ill after drinking contaminated water, you might be owed compensation. However, not everyone who drinks contaminated water will have a case against the city. If you believe you might have a case, an experienced attorney could help you understand your legal options.

Get in Touch with Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys to Pursue Legal Action

If you have suffered a severe illness after drinking contaminated water, you might feel angry and betrayed. Pursuing a water contamination lawsuit against a government entity may feel overwhelming. But know that you are not alone and help is available to you.

The experienced Wichita water contamination lawyers at Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys have spent the last two decades fighting for the rights of those who’ve become injured or ill through no fault of their own. Contact us online or by phone for a free consultation to discuss your situation and how we might help.