Broken Arrow water emergency
BROKEN ARROW (KFAQ) - Broken Arrow water problems continue following a water distribution line breaking on Tuesday.
As a result of potential water contamination issues in the City of Broken Arrow, St. John Broken Arrow hospital ceased operations until further notice and patients were transferred to the hospital's Tulsa and Owasso locations, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Earlier in the day the Tulsa Health Department has issued an alert calling on restaurants that use Broken Arrow water to close.
Below is the Tulsa Health Department statement:
Due to a substantial break in a main water line into Broken Arrow from Pryor, the City Manager has declared a water emergency for all resident and business customers and has issued a precautionary boil order which includes all food establishments that utilize City of Broken Arrow Municipal Water supply.
A RESOLUTION OF THE BROKEN ARROW CITY COUNCIL DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AS A RESULT OF A TRANSMISSION WATER MAIN BREAK, RESULTING IN A SHORTAGE OF WATER AND A REDUCTION IN WATER PRESSURE, ACTIVATION OF THE CITY’S EMERGENCY OPERATION PROTOCOLS, INCLUDING WAIVING STATE AND LOCAL PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO COMPETITIVE BIDDING AS ALLOWED BY LAW, AUTHORIZING AN INFORMAL BIDDING PROCESS, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE EMERGENCY CONTRACTS AS NECESSARY FOR REPAIRS AND ANY SUBSEQUENT CRITICAL EVENTS, PROHIBITION OF OUTDOOR WATERING, REDUCED USE OF INDOOR WATER, PROVIDING FOR THE TERMINATION AND EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS RESOLUTION, WAIVING AND DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO CARRY OUT ALL APPLICABLE PROVISIONS.
It should be noted that use of outdoor water could result in a fine up to $500. Water customers should continue to conserve water until otherwise notified. The precautionary boil advisory is still in effect until further notice. Once the results of the tests are received and there are no negative impacts on the system, the advisory will be lifted.