Frustrations grow over Barnsdall boil order

Posted at 9:37 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 23:31:24-05

There are growing frustrations over dirty water in Barnsdall.

Residents have been forced to boil their water for the past four days.

Cleaning, cooking and showering are now a major headache for Debra Gordon and other residents.

“I haven't washed my hair.” Gordon said. “I'm going to a friend's house in Skiatook, so I can take a shower.”

A boil notice went into effect last Friday. The DEQ said the water is too cloudy and turbidity levels are 11 times higher than recommended.

“It makes me wonder how long the levels been that high and how often do they get that high,” Gordon said.

The 2 Works for You investigators started looking into this problem weeks ago.

They found a decade worth of violations at the water plant, taking concerns to the DEQ.

Forty-eight hours later, inspectors made a surprise visit to Barnsdall, demanding a boil order.

“It’s not something we've prepared for, but it's just how we have to do business sometimes,” Rick Loggins, Barnsdall Superintendent said. “As a school you just make changes and go with whatever's out there so we can have school.”

The problem is forcing the schools to change lunch menus, bring in bottled water and put garbage bags over water fountains and sinks.

“I was afraid that if we just put up signs the kids would still drink the water.”

Gordon's son Maxwell, plans on bringing some bottled water to class.

“My mom bought a big ole thing and I will probably take a few before I leave.”

A new routine, the mayor says will last until Wednesday at the earliest.

Even then, Gordon isn't holding her breath.

“I don't expect a quick fix.”

Tuesday night on 2 Works for You at 10, reporter Nathan Edwards will have a full investigation into Barnsdall's water supply, finding out the source of the problem and why it's taking so long to fix.