Voluntary rationing lifted in Broken Arrow


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Updated: 7/12/2013 9:02 am Published: 7/11/2013 8:41 am


City crews have repaired a 24-inch line that ruptured on Thursday morning.

Families in Broken Arrow are no longer being asked to conserve water to allow water storage facilities to refill and recharge.

On Thursday afternoon, crews finished replacing a water line that busted early Thursday morning near Kenosha and 9th streets.

This is the second major water main break in two months. Crews told FOX23 the pipe that broke is just about a year old.

They're not sure what caused it to break.

Rahul Singh works and lives in Broken Arrow and is annoyed at the frequent water disruptions lately.

"It's a little inconvenient. Not very nice to have in the hottest time of the year, as well," said Singh.

Brad Torgler also lives in BA and wants to know what the problem is.

"I don't know if the pipe issue is because of old pipes, or what. But I'm hoping that they will be able to keep it fixed," said Torgler.

Mayor Craig Thurmond said age isn't the problem. Most of Broken Arrow's 600 miles of water lines have been laid since the 1970s.

"We usually have one or two a year. And it is usually, unfortunately, during this high use period," said Thurmond.

He said part of the problem is Broken Arrow is building a new, state-of-the art water treatment plant.

But during construction, "we don't have the storage we would normally have of water. So that's what causes problems when we do have these line breaks, which are, unfortunately, fairly common," he said.

Broken Arrow is also putting in a new backup line coming from Tulsa to avoid storage problems during breaks in the future. The new line won't be done until late August.

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ddfrankel - 9/8/2013 12:27 AM
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I'm fed up with the water tasting like mold!!! What is the city doing to get ride of that??

watergirl - 7/11/2013 1:08 PM
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I stopped using tap water to cook with or even make ice cubes with when they went to Chloramine. I am not going to put that poison on my liver.

kindagreywolf - 7/11/2013 9:51 AM
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This is about the time the Chloramine has worked the pipes. This is a common occurrence with this chemical, it eats old pipes.
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