precautionary boil advisory ends Tuesday night
11/7/2013 10:01:50 AM
8/19/2014 4:33:52 PM
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal
Newkirk City officials posted a precautionary boil advisory Saturday night after a Newkirk water well tested positive for E. coli bacteria.
Orr said Tuesday afternoon the advisory was set to expire Tuesday at 9 p.m., according to the DEQ.
Orr said Monday that a water sample taken at Newkirk City Hall on Friday tested positive for coliform, a bacteria that is caused from decaying organic matter in water.
Orr said the city was then required to test the city’s water supply. He said one of the three city wells tested positive for E. Coli.
Orr then stated the city took a sample to the DEQ for further testing. The precautionary boil advisory was then posted Saturday night.
“We apologize for the inconvenience,” Orr said Monday. “I want the residents to keep in mind that the E. coli in the water was found at the origin of the city’s water supply. That water is not treated until it reaches the city’s water treatment plant.”
The following is the boil advisory posted by city officials.
“Due to an E. coli positive water sample collected on August 15, 2014 from a drinking water well and the potential for contamination as a result of this situation, the drinking water supplied by the City of Newkirk Public Water Supply may be unsafe for human consumption. As a precaution, it is advised that consumers of this water system bring the water to a full,. rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, food preparation, baby formula preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, tooth brushing, wound care, and bathing infants who may ingest bath water. Alternatively, bottled water or another acceptable water source may be used.
This advisory will remain in effect until Tuesday at 9 p.m. Questions concerning this situation should be addressed to Jason Orr at (580) 362-5113.
These measures are considered PRECAUTIONARY at this time. Chlorine added at the Newkirk water treatment facility should be adequate to kill any bacteria found in the distribution system.
Further general information can be found at www.DEQ.state.ok.us .