Source of Broken Arrow water problem could be an issue this summer

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Updated: 6/12/2013 10:26 pm Published: 6/12/2013 9:43 pm

A water emergency is still in effect in Broken Arrow.

Water pressure is back but the water may not be safe for drinking.

The latest in the water emergency shows water storage facilities at the New Orleans site are 64.8 percent full and rising and at Tiger Hill the tank is 91.2 percent full and rising. At Battle Creek the storage tank is 28.8 percent full and rising.

Crews were out taking samples from across the city and they are now at lab.

"Water testing was completed this afternoon and samples have been sent to the lab. We anticipate results being available tomorrow afternoon," said Broken Arrow spokesperson Stephanie Higgins.

The water ban is expected to be in place until Thursday afternoon

A boil advisory remains in place until further notice and the city added a significant amount of chlorine to the water.

The main source of water comes from the Pryor plant in MidAmerica Industrial Park at the Oklahoma Ordinance Works Authority.

There are 27 miles of pipe from Pryor and part of the pipe burst not far from the plant near the Google site.

While FOX23 News was in the lobby for the interview, the phone was ringing off the hook with callers concerned about the water issue.

"They are recommending that you boil all water for consumption," said receptionist Vickie Suffal.

Higgins says Monday night they lost power at the plant. There is not a backup generator and the original generator is at the new plant that is under construction.

"When power was restored it created a hammer effect and caused line to rupture," said Higgins.

That line was a 36-inch line that broke. Water experts tell FOX23 News the “hammer effect" could mean operator error, meaning the water did not slowly flow back down the line.

Higgins said the pipe is old.

"That line coming from Pryor is over 30 years old and that is the only primary source into the city," said Higgins.

FOX23 went to the water plant in Pryor located in the MidAmerica Industrial Park but our cameras were not allowed into the plant.

Higgins said the solution to the recent water issues is finishing the $57 million water treatment plant in Broken Arrow that is scheduled to be finished in July 2014.

She said it will be able to pump up to 28 million gallons of water a day.

In August, a line from Tulsa will open that could also pump 20 million gallons a day.
Meanwhile, the city has to get through the summer demand.

"It creates some concerns but it is part of the construction process when you go through a plant change the size that we are," said Higgins.

During the boil advisory restaurants and St. John's Medical Center in Broken Arrow are closed. All patients have been transported to St. John's in Tulsa and Owasso.

The city is under a water emergency. Anyone caught watering outdoors could face a $500 fine.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/13/2013 8:52 AM
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The only thing in BA that's not in error is the cemetery.

FASTER - 6/13/2013 1:58 AM
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BA Officials only interested in bringing in Dollars to the city with little thought toward the infrastructure. Too much expansion too fast, particularly with the number of apartments being built in BA. No planning to speak of...just make sure the favorite sons are taken care of. Money talks...the people suffer.
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