|Updated: 6/12/2013 9:00 am
||Published: 6/11/2013 11:33 am
Broken Arrow city officials say tests on the water may not be back until Thursday morning and people should continue conserving water.
A boil order issued on Tuesday night remains in effect for people in Broken Arrow.
They said the water main break caused low water pressure which could lead to potential contamination. They urge people to boil water for at least one minute before drinking it or using it for food preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, wound care and bathing infants.
The Broken Arrow City manager declared a water emergency on Tuesday after a substantial break in a main water line into the city from Pryor.
Residents were asked to conserve, but officials said the water levels dropped rapidly.
The line was repaired on Tuesday night, officials said it could take 36 hours for the system to be full capacity. On Wednesday morning, they said the towers are filling but they are not at capacity.
Rachel Cortes runs a home daycare in Broken Arrow. She takes care of her 5 children and 9 others.
“I just got the text that there is a water main break in broken arrow so we are filling up water just in case,” she said.
Cortes and two of her sons filled up jugs to conserve as much water as they could. According to state law, if the water is turned off completely she will have to close the daycare.
“If there is ever a fire or water leakage or no water or electric, then I have to shut down. Then all of the parents will have to take off work to get here," she said.
Until the emergency is over she’ll have 13 hungry mouths to feed, and that means barely any water for bottles, and the six loads of laundry she normally does a day will have to wait.
Her son, Isaiah was in the middle of doing chores when he was forced to quit as well.
“I was mowing and then watering the lawn and she came out and said that we had to turn it off so we had to stop watering the lawn,” he said.
People are being asked to only use water for cooking or bathing, the city pools and splash pads are closed until further notice.
The water emergency is for all business and residential customers in the city.