Water service is restored at Okmulgee. Residents told to boil before using

Mar 29, 2012

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — Crews have restored water service to residents in Okmulgee after a break occurred in the main line at the water treatment plant.

Okmulgee City Manager Bob Baxter says water was successfully being pumped to the city as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. The break occurred about 7:30 a.m. and initially was repaired a few hours later.

The fix, however, didn't hold and the Oklahoma National Guard had to deliver tanks of drinking water to the fire station and Walmart for anyone who needed it.

Baxter said about 13,500 customers were affected.

Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee closed, but a school official said ice and water were brought in so that Okmulgee Public Schools could remain open.

Baxter says resident will have to boil their water as service returns.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.