A boil order for a rural northeast Osage County water district is now lifted nearly one year after state health officials reported the water was unsafe for consumption.
On June 16, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced the boil order for Osage County Rural Water District #20 has been lifted, stating “the water is now safe for human consumption.”
The 2016 order to boil water was due to high turbidity levels and E. coli, according to a news release. State and federal regulations require that customers be notified if, at any time, public drinking water is determined to be unsafe.
Osage County Rural Water District #20 covers the Hulah Lake area including Wah-Sha-She Park and the release noted the boil order for the park is lifted as well.
This update comes after DEQ issued the boil order on July 25, 2016 for the rural water district citing the high turbidity levels, which refers to the measurement of water clarity. Sources of turbidity include soil erosion, waste discharge, eroding stream banks, excessive algal growth and large number of bottom feeders (such as carp), which stir up sediments underwater, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Original Publish Date: 2017-07-11 00:00:00