Residents of a southeast Kansas town are able to once again use the city water after a water plant reopened after it was forced to shut down.

Humboldt, Kansas, residents were forced to not use, or conserve water, after the city had to shut down its water plant after a Wednesday chemical spill possibly contaminated the river’s water.

The city of Humboldt in southeast Kansas asked residents in a public notice Thursday afternoon to conserve water. “Due to a chemical spill in the Neosho River, the City of Humboldt will not be processing water until the threat has passed,” the notice said. “… Please do not fill containers. Limit water use to essential use. The water in our water towers is safe but in limited supply.”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said in a release the conservation notice included Allen County Rural Water Districts 9 and 10. The Humboldt Water Plant shut its intake down Wednesday “as a precaution following possible contamination to the Neosho River,” KDHE officials said.

The KDHE said officials continuously sampled the river water and determined Friday it was now safe to use.

The river water was contaminated by chemicals spilled during a fire at Mid-West Fertilizer in nearby Iola. Mid-West Fertilizer officials said in a Facebook post that its office building “took most of the hit” while the fertilizer building “remained untouched” by the blaze.

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