BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Update
City of Broken Arrow crews have repaired the 36-inch main water line from Pryor.
It will take several hours to bring the entire system to full capacity.
The precautionary boil order is still in place until further notice.
City staff will begin testing the water supply at 7:30 Wednesday morning.
If there are no negative impacts as a result of this water issue, the precautionary boil order will be lifted.
The City of Broken Arrow has now issued a precautionary boil order effective immediately.
City leaders say the main water line break have contaminated the water.
As a precaution, it is advised that the consumers of the this water system bring the water to full, rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, food preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, wound care and bathing infants who may ingest bath water.
Broken Arrow police say the city hasn't run out of water as of yet.
The City of Broken Arrow is asking neighbors to take the emergency water order issued earlier today seriously. “We have reached a critical time in our water distribution system,” said City Manager Thom Moton. “If our customers do not start conserving water immediately, the City will run out of water, possibly as early as 6 p.m. today.”
KRMG has learned that, if the water towers reach critically low levels, customers will experience a period of low water pressure and possibly no water at all.
If this point is reached, city officials say a boil order will be issued.
“We are asking our customers to use as little water as possible until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning to give our crews time to repair the line and refill and recharge the water towers,” Director of Communications Stephanie Higgins said.
Crews hope to have the repair finished later this evening.
A massive water main break is leading Broken Arrow officials to declare a 'water emergency' for all resident and business customers.
Neighbors are being asked to use water for essential use only like cooking and bathing.
City pools and splash pads will be closed until further notice, fire hydrant testing has been suspended and Battle Creek Golf Course will cease watering any nonessential portions of course until the repair is complete.
“Due to the line break and the rapidly decreasing supply of water within the distribution system the City Manager has declared a water emergency,” said Director of Communications Stephanie Higgins. “The storage tanks are at critically low levels and the line break is prohibiting the City from receiving the water volume needed to supply the city.”
The break is being called 'substantial.' KRMG has learned that it happened in a main water line feeding into Broken Arrow from Pryor.
Crews hope to have the break repaired by late Tuesday evening.