Jeff Co. boil advisory in place

A boil advisory has been issued for Jefferson County by the state government.

Per the boil advisory, customers are urged to exercise caution in the consumption of all tap water from a flooded well that services the area, and to avoid drinking it if possible. If tap water must be consumed, residents are advised by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to:

Turn on the tap and let it run until the water appears clear before drinking.

Boil water for one minute before drinking.

Dispose of ice cubes made from tap water at once and turn off tap-water icemakers during the advisory.

Prepare a vessel of water to immerse dishes after cleaning by adding one teaspoon of household bleach per gallon of water in the vessel. This will sanitize the dishes immersed in the vessel.

Continue to use water for bathing as normal, but supervise children to make sure they don’t drink bathing water.

For persons with cuts or severe rashes, consult a physician prior to bathing.

Only KDHE has the authority to rescind a boil advisory after its implementation following laboratory testing, even if a local government made the announcement. Call 785-296-5795 for more information.

Community health needs event set

Over the next three months, Atchison Hospital will be working with Live Well Live Atchison, to update the 2016 Atchison County (Atchison, Kansas) Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

The goals of this assessment update it to understand progress in addressing community health needs cited in the 2016 CHNA report and to collect up-to-date community health perceptions. To accomplish this work, a short online survey has been developed and is available at

All community residents and business leaders are encouraged to complete the 2019 online CHNA survey by Monday, June 3, and to attend the upcoming scheduled Town Hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 18 in the Atchison Hospital Cafeteria.

“We hope that the community and health professionals will take advantage of this opportunity to provide input into the future of healthcare delivery in our county,” said John Jacobson, Atchison Hospital CEO.

VVV Consultants LLC, an independent research firm from Olathe, has been retained again to conduct this countywide research. If you have any questions about CHNA activities, please call TC Roberts at 913-360-5577.

Agency seeks additional help

The Atchison County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a part-time/intermittent field assistant position.

An agricultural background and general GPS knowledge is not required but would be helpful for this position. Job duties may include inspecting FSA loan collateral, measuring acreage using GPS technology, field spot checks and measuring grain bins.

Starting pay range is $13.06 to $16.40 per hour, depending on experience. Applications may be picked up at the Atchison County FSA office, 605 6th St., Effingham, Kansas between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Applications must be turned into the office by 4:30 pm, Friday, May 10. Questions can be directed to the following number: 913-833-5460. The Farm Service Agency, via the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is an Equal Opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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