Broken Arrow lifts fine for watering outside

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Updated: 6/13/2013 8:59 am Published: 6/12/2013 1:16 pm

The Broken Arrow City Council held an Emergency City Council Meeting to discuss the current water situation.

Officials said crews began taking water samples from across the city at 7 a.m. and will continue to do so, they don't expect to have results until Thursday and will not lift the boil advisory until that time. The water is being tested for bacteria.

They said the boil order is a precaution and compared the water to pond or lake water. 

On Thursday morning the city stopped asking residents to continue to conserve water.  A $500 fine for watering outside during this situation is no longer in effect.

At the meeting officials said there was a 20 foot break in the 36 inch line and it happened at a peak time. They said the plant only had one emergency backup and will rectify that in the new water plant. The new water line will be in place in August, it is a 24 inch line.

They said they typically have a break in the line once a year for the past 30 years.

Emergency officials also discussed their preparations with the water situation.

Tulsa, Bixby and Coweta Fire Departments were contacted to be on standby, there was not a fire in Broken Arrow on Tuesday.  The Broken Arrow Fire Department also has a tanker truck that holds 1500 pounds of water. Fire officials also contacted Broken Arrow hotels and asked them to be on fire watch and talked to them about preventing fires. 

Broken Arrow police closed the jail for 12 to 14 hours and inmates were taken to David L. Moss and the jail in Bixby. 

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