BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Update
Broken Arrow Director of Communications Stephanie Higgins tells KRMG that the precautionary boil advisory is still in effect until further notice.
Test results are expected this afternoon.
The break in the 36-inch water main feeding into Broken Arrow has been repaired but it sprung a leak.
That's the word from Broken Arrow City Manager Thomas Moton at an emergency city council meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Broken Arrow is currently receiving water in the water main on a gravity-fed basis as opposed to the normal pump-fed method.
This cuts capacity by 2/3rds.
City crews are collecting samples for testing.
Results from those samples won't be returned until Thursday afternoon.
Moton says, if the samples come back clean, the boil order could be lifted as early as Thursday evening.
The massive break, described as a 10 on the standard 1-to-10 scale with 10 being the worst, happened after a power problem at the city's water treatment facility Monday afternoon.
That power problem forced the city to close the valve on the main line.
Moton says that led to the massive break.
Around 6 P.M. Tuesday evening, water pressure levels became low enough where city leaders were forced to issue a boil order.
Moton says Broken Arrow has a plan in place to be able to draw more water from Tulsa.
Currently, Broken Arrow has a small 6-8" water line that can draw a small amount of water from Tulsa.
A plan is in place to have a larger 24" line connected to Tulsa.
That larger line won't be in place until late 2013.
City utility officials briefed city councilors and say water levels and water pressure should be back within normal capacity around 11 P.M. or Midnight tonight.
However, the City’s water supply has reached an adequate capacity to resume normal water use, with the exception of the stipulations contained in the precautionary boil advisory.
City Manager Thom Moton has consulted with staff and based on the water system's storage levels has lifted the outdoor water use restriction.
City Pools and splash pads will remain closed until the advisory is lifted.
The next update will be sent at 10 a.m. this morning unless the situation warrants an immediate response.