The City of Jay issued a warning and precautionary boil order at 12:08 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, due to turbidity in the city water system from recent storms and flooding. The warning states a potential for contamination as a result of this situation. The drinking water supplied by Lake Eucha may be unsafe for human consumption.
As a precaution, until further notice, residents are advised to boil all water supplied by the City of Jay Water System. Water should be boiled vigorously for 20 minutes before consumption or food preparation.
“We worked through the night and brought in extra people to help get our numbers where we want them to be,” said Jay Mayor Mark Wall.
“We sent samples to Tulsa to be tested, but it takes 24 hours to get the results,” Wall said. He expects to have an answer Friday morning and will then start getting the word out. Wall said City Hall will call the local radio stations and cable companies and do everything they can to let the public know as soon as the water is determined to be safe. Concerned citizens can also call Jay City Hall at 918-253-4148.
Water contamination closed Simmons in Jay. The Delaware County Courthouse remains open and has a supply of water bottles from Emergency Management. Robert Real, Delaware County Emergency Management Director delivered a supply of water to the jail for the inmates. Water remains on in the courthouse, however drinking fountains area taped-off.
Jay schools also received water from Emergency Management and sent a mass phone communication to all parents to please send students with two bottles of water as the school water supply has been turned off.
“State Emergency Management was bringing pallets for Operation Raindrop so they threw two pallets of water with that and delivered it last night,” said Real referring to the water he delivered to several facilitates Wednesday night. Operation Raindrop was a mock emergency situation conducted by the State and County Health Departments and local officials to distribute medication in an emergency situation. According to Real, Cherokee Nation also donated pallets of water.