The city of Oklahoma City said their water is safe, but just to be careful, it issued a voluntary water boil advisory for anyone that may have experienced a water outage during this week’s snow storms.
“We have confidence in our water system,” City of Oklahoma City utilities department spokesperson Jennifer McClintock said. “Crews have been working continuously side-by-side with the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) on all disinfecting and the flushing and everything we need to do maintain the quality standards for safety and public health.”
This water boiling advisory is not mandatory. The city said the state’s department of environmental quality issued this recommendation out of an abundance of caution.
“We don't have the legal authority to make an order,” McClintock said. “That would come through the Department of Environmental Quality under specific circumstances.”
If your home lost water, the city said you should avoid putting tap water on open wounds unless you've boiled it first. You should also avoid showers using water that's not has not been boiled.
“For those people that continued to experience just a low pressure or a trickle, the integrity in the water in those mains remained intact,” McClintock said. “There are not any considerations for those people.”
Another issue caused by water outages is brown or different-colored water. The city said that will be common for people impacted by a water main break.
“It's a mineral scale that is built up inside the line when there's not any water flowing in it,” McClintock said. “We always recommend folks, if they've been without service go ahead, once the service is reinitiated, turn those taps on throughout the house, let the water rush through until it's clear and it should correct itself.”
The advisory will be in place until 9 p.m. Sunday. The city said residents will be notified if this recommendation is extended.