Cities Across Central Okla. Working Through Water Outages

Friday, February 19th 2021, 5:27 am
By: Katelyn Ogle

Water outages caused by this week's record cold continued to cause problems for surrounding Oklahoma City metro cities on Friday.

The city of Norman said its water treatment plant is back up and running after a frozen pipe burst caused damage to water treatment equipment. Residents are still urged to conserve water.

El Reno Mayor Matt White said the city is slowly turning the water back on in different areas, but they’re taking it slow. In a Facebook live video, he said the situation is much different than power outages and the city cannot just turn the water back on.

“We can't turn everything on because that will absolutely bust lines and that's the last thing we want to do,” said Mayor White. “We're trying to ease into this thing. And get you water the fastest we can.”

He said if you live in El Reno, keep your faucets running at a drip that’s as thick as pencil lead.

“You don’t need to go full blast. When we go over to people’s houses they have all three sinks on full blast. Don’t do that! That’s killing us!” said the Mayor.

The city of Perry said its water system is slowly recovering and it's gradually opening one water tower to get the water pressure back up for most residents. If you live in the outlying areas you may see some low water pressure.

The city of Tecumseh said its crews have broken a frozen water line loose. Now it only needs to hear from residents who are out of water.

If you don’t have water, you’re asked to post on the city’s Facebook page or call one of these numbers: