Tulsa Voluntarily Points Native Information Cooking Orders On account of Main Climate-Associated Disruption of Water Provide
A man crosses East Admiral Place in the water after a water pipe burst west of Harvard Ave. Friday February 19, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla.
A woman walks in the water from a burst water pipe on East Admiral Place west of Harvard Ave. Friday February 19, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla.
A crew is working on a water pipe rupture on E. Admiral Pl. West of Harvard Ave. Friday February 19, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla.
Water leaking from two line breaks in North Tulsa is pictured on Wednesday. There is a voluntary cooking order for those whose urban water supplies are affected by business interruptions or low pressure.
Tulsans, who are affected by low water pressure and business interruptions, are advised to boil their water for at least the next 72 hours.
City officials issued the voluntary cooking order shortly before noon Friday after consulting with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
The director of water and sewerage, Clayton Edwards, described the action as a precautionary measure recommended only to affected customers.
“I am confident that our water is potable, but I agree that this recommendation is necessary,” Edwards told reporters on Friday.
By Friday morning, Tulsa’s water system had seen a total of 279 broken water pipes, with crews responding to 153 active breaks. By noon, the officials had no record of the total number of affected water customers during the duration of the prolonged cold snap. On Friday around 150 companies and almost 1,600 homes remained without a repair service around the clock.
Edwards said the system is still pumping about twice its typical requirements for this time of year, largely due to widespread breaks and leaks. Around 35 crews work around the clock to repair defective lines and will remain in place throughout the weekend.
“This is not over for us yet and we will continue to deal with the main water breaks as soon as they occur,” he said. “We’re still losing a lot of water.”