Grove's Municipal Service Authority has lifted the boil order.
On Tuesday, July 30, at 9 a.m. GMSA sent out a recorded message to customers stating that due to a malfunction at the water treatment plant, a temporary build order was put in place as a precaution.
The recording also states that the order was not mandated by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, but was only a safety precaution.
At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, another message from GMSA was sent out stating that the boil order had been lifted, effective immediately.
"GMSA and city crews have been monitoring [the water quality] through the night and took several tests throughout the water systems in different areas and all of our numbers are where they need to be," said Grove Assistant City Manager Debbie Botteroff.
Botteroff says that the water quality is actually better than required by DEQ.
"They actually exceed what DEQ standards are for consumption, so we, therefore, lifted the boil order," said Botteroff.
Botteroff said that it was more about awareness than danger.
"It was more of an advisory than a demand from DEQ. We weren't in danger, but we wanted to put it out there so people would be aware. So if they were cooking or for babies," said Botteroff. "We did it as a precautionary measure for the safety four customers, but it never was a mandatory order, it was always an advisory."
Grove Municipal Services Authority is a private entity founded in 1957. Grove Municipal Services Authority is governed by a Board comprised of 5 members. In addition to providing gas to the Grove area we also sell gas to our surrounding neighbors including Afton, Fairland, Jay and Delaware County Rural Water and Gas Districts Numbers 6, 9 and 10.
GMSA bills approximately 4,000 residenital, commercial and industrial gas customers. It is estimated that approximately 85 percent of the homes in Northeast Oklahoma area use natural gas for home heating and water heating. Almost 60 percent prefer gas for cooking.
GMSA also provides the area with water and sewer service. Our main objective is to provide continuous service to all of our customers in a safe and satisfactory manner. We also want to maintain a safe and environmentally friendly system. To help maintain the integrity of our system and surrounding area we join the state, county and local government agencies, Okie One-Call and Contractors to accomplish this task. We also ask for the assistance of our customers and general public to help keep our system as safe as possible.
Board Meetings are held in the Grove Community Center on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm.