Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rural Water Will Be Flowing Again Soon

About 1,200 Sequoyah County Water Association (SCWA) customers may be without water on Tuesday morning after a transformer caught fire and quit, leaving the association’s pumps without power.

Garner Garrison, SCWA board president, said at 10 a.m. Tuesday it was hoped power could be restored by noon to the SCWA plant on Lake Tenkiller and water flowing once again by 3 or 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“Our (storage) tank isn’t quite empty,” he said, “but it will take a while to build it back up.”

Garrison said a Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative transformer burned out and that disrupted power to the SCWA pumping station on Lake Tenkiller.

“But it's way up past the (Tenkiller) state park and hard to get to,” Garrison said. “Cookson Hills said it was going to take a while to get fixed.”

Garrison said the power outage may have impacted the SCWA pumps too, but his workers must wait until the power comes back on.

Some SCWA customers may still have water since the water storage tanks had water at the time of the power outage. According to some reports the Department of Environmental Quality has issued a boil order.

But Garrison said, “I don’t think it is that bad. The tanks are not empty and as soon as we get power we’ll test the water.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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