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Broken Arrow Returns to Life As Usual Following End of Boil Order

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The Tulsa Health Department did not find dangerous contaminants in the Broken Arrow water supply. The city's boil order was lifted shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

"It's obviously been very busy," said Debbie Watts with Tulsa Health Department's Food Protection Services. Watts said the Health Department required certain restaurants to close earlier this week while experts analyzed the water supply. They wanted to be certain no bacteria contaminated the water that could possibly make residents ill if ingested.

A water line break launched the problems earlier this week. Stephanie Higgins with the City of Broken Arrow said a power outage at a water treatment facility meant the water line in question was shut off. She said when the valve was re-opened, it ruptured.

"We got to where we had no water in our tanks," Higgins said. That is why, she said, the city went under a precautionary boil order. That meant restaurants and area pools closed.

One mother said she boiled water for cooking and also used bottled water some of the time. She said she was very relieved to hear the boil order was lifted.

The Health Department is still encouraging food businesses and residents to clean food preparation spaces regardless. Watts suggested draining hot water tanks and running water for at least a minute or two before use.

Higgins said Broken Arrow is building a $57 million water treatment facility that will include a generator. She said it will likely help prevent something like this from happening again. It is expected to open in July 2014.

City splash pads and pools re-open Thursday.

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