Maintenance men for Rural Water District #3 are working daylight to dark to repair a broken water line at the district's water tank in the Hanson area, but in the meantime, many Gans residents have no water. A spokesman for the water district said it is not known when the water line will be repaired. Recent heavy rains caused the break and the saturated ground continues to hamper the repair. The area has received over 22 inches of rain since May 8, which has caused a mudslide situation and the ground is not stable enough to use heavy equipment. All the repair work is being done by hand, the spokesman said. The Cherokee Nation is assisting with the work. Not all Gans water users are out of water. The Gans store still has water, the spokesman said. District officials are receiving calls daily and are telling customers that work on the break is going as fast as possible. Hopefully the repairs will be made soon and water service returned. The district has over 440 customers and buys water from Sallisaw. Until service resumes, customers who have water are asked, as a precaution, to boil water at a full rolling boil for at least one minute before use.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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