Heat causes Broken Arrow water color change, city says it’s safe to drink

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The City of Broken Arrow says some of the water has changed color, and they’re working to flush the discolored water out of the system.

Broken Arrow says on Facebook, “We ask customers experiencing this issue to call our Water Quality Technician directly from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at 918-259-7000, extension 7221, or after hours at 918-259-8400. When leaving a message, please leave your name, address, and phone number.”

They say the heat has caused this because the city’s water demand really started to increase on Friday, June 11.

The City’s water demand increased significantly on Friday, June 11, due to the rising air temperatures and the heat index.

They say, “The water demand quickly increased the velocity of the water working through the system. It stirred up naturally occurring minerals within the pipes that had settled during the wet and cooler months. “

The city adds that they test drinking water across the city daily.

“We are also conducting additional tests in these isolated areas. While the water is not aesthetically pleasing, our drinking water tests demonstrate that the water meets the State and Federal Government’s drinking water criteria,” they say.

They say people at home can also flush their water systems.