A boil order issued Saturday for the Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation remains in effect as the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality continues to assess the situation.
DEQ Public Information Manager Erin Hatfield said there were several people conducting an assessment of the water system Tuesday and depending on the assessment, certain corrective actions will need to be taken.
“I’m not sure what they found in the assessment,” Hatfield said Tuesday, adding she would know more today.
This is the second boil order that’s been issued for SOWC in the past two months. Hatfield said since she is unaware of what was found in Tuesday’s assessment she did not know if SOWC is having the same issue or if it is just coincidental.
The boil order will not be lifted until all required corrective actions are completed and follow up samples are corrected, Hatfield said.
According to SOWC, the water systems under the boil order include:
• C&W Mobile Home Park
• Ardmore Airpark
• Hidden Lake RV Park
• Cedar Ridge RV Park
• By the Lake RV Park
• Lake Murray State Park
“All users of the SOWC water system should use water that has been brought to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute, bottled water, or water from another acceptable source for consumption, including drinking, use in food preparation, dishwashing and brushing teeth. The order was issued due to the presence of E. coli,” SOWC’s website says.
The boil order issued in June affected the same areas and although the boil was eventually lifted, SOWC had to shut a major well down and place an outside water restriction for all of their customers.
Hatfield, who was out in the field on Tuesday, said she was unsure if the SOWC well remained shut down and would have to check records that were in her office. More information may become available in the Thursday edition of The Ardmoreite.