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Oilton under voluntary water boil notice

Posted at 5:07 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 18:17:20-04

OILTON, Okla. -- Residents in Oilton are questioning why city officials didn't notify them about a precautionary boil order from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Tammy Greer has worked at JB's Market in Oilton for years. On Monday, something in the kitchen caught her attention.

"I noticed when I came into work, the water had a very chlorinated smell and it was brown," said Tammy Greer, Deli Manager at JB's Market.

Since then, she says she's only used bottled water while cooking.

"I don’t cook with it, I don’t drink it, I haven’t even done laundry all week because I don’t want to stain my clothes," said Greer.

The store clerks at the store say they've sold more bottled waters than they usually do in the past week since talk of the boil order has been going around Oilton.

"Every time I cook I use water, everything I do back here involves, you know you have to use water when you cook," said Greer.

The D.E.Q. recommended a precautionary boil order for Oilton on Tuesday after one of their wells went down. Officials say because it's precautionary the city isn't required to issue a notice, but some residents we spoke with wish they had.

"Something should’ve been said to the community," said Greer.

The city posted a voluntary boil notice on their door Thursday afternoon.

D.E.Q. staff members say there needs to be two consecutive days of tests with positive results before they can open the new well. They're scheduled for testing this week.

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