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Beggs residents upset about city water problems

Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 19:46:30-04

BEGGS, Okla. — Beggs residents have been complaining about water issues for weeks.

"Something has to be done," resident Ty Tate said. "They always say it's because we have old pipes."

Last October, the City of Beggs issued a boil advisory to residence because of a water line break. On Tuesday, crews were out repairing a water line break at the corner of Main and Highway 16 after residents complain of another issue.

“Honestly, it’s just a wait and see approach that we have," Tate said. "Cross your fingers and hope that it don’t happen today.”

The city has hired contractor Steve Wheeler, formerly of the Department of Environmental Quality, to address the issues and find solutions.

Wheeler said weather and other factors are a main reason behind the issue.

“The ground shifts and when it moves away from the pipe it allows the pipes to have gaps in it that will cause cracking,” Wheeler said.

The city says they are looking at other ways to fix the ongoing problems, but replacing the lines and pipes would be greatly expensive.

Beggs Mayor Katherine Bell said in a statement, "It is unfortunate that we have had an unprecedented number of water line breaks over the past several weeks."

The mayor also said residents can report water outages 24 hours a day by calling the city's police dispatch.

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