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Creek County residents, area officials dealing with brown water problems at homes

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 19:21:09-04

MOUNDS, Okla. — Staff with Creek County Rural Water District 7 said the problems started when a line was washed out in late May. But multiple customers reached out after continuing to see problems with water in their homes.

Aaron Laws said he only trusts drinking bottled water, and it's been that way for decades. He noticed things get worse when the line broke a few weeks ago, leaving his home without water. When water came back, it was brown.

"Either you go find some place to take a shower or you don't. When it gets to where it's not so bad you can take a shower, nobody is going to see it. You might feel funny for a few days before it goes back to being clean again," Laws said.

Staff with Creek County's Rural Water District 7 tell 2 Works for You it took days to locate the washed-out line, and the cleanup process ran the city's tank dry.

"We had to cap that line until we could get to it because of the weather and washouts and mud and it was in the middle of a forest. So it was a major problem," Charles Linnet said.

Those living on the west side of Mounds said they're frustrated the issues persisted in the following weeks.

"When it finally comes back on 24 hours or 36 hours later or whatnot it just looks like somebody poured it straight out of a mud puddle. And it's still like that," Jeff Miller said.

But Linnet said options were limited once the tank ran dry.

"Whenever we re-introduce water into the water lines I had two choices. I could either give people water so they had things to flush their toilet with, etc. Or else I could flush the water lines and not fill my water tank for another day," he said.

Now the water district is evaluating costs with the goal of renovating the system and improving water quality in the years ahead.

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