Tishomingo boil order lifted

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TISHOMINGO, OK -- Resident, Marsha Rowe, is relieved that Tishomingo's boil order has finally been lifted.

She and her husband decided to leave the city this past weekend to avoid having to deal with the boil order. She says it's hard not having quick access to running water.

"That's real hard because you don't stop for 30 minutes to boil your water before brushing your teeth, or turning on the faucet to wash your hands," Rowe said.

Tishomingo City Manager, Jack Yates, says the water samples the Fire Department's sink tested positive for E. Coli on Friday and believes it was only in that isolated site.

"We replaced the plumbing at the sink, underneath the sink because we felt like the line going from our main line to the fire station was an all right line," Yates said.

He says many restaurants in town were forced to shut down over the weekend and part of Monday, but Tishomingo Public Schools decided to carry on with classes as scheduled.

"We took every precaution that we could think of in conjunction with working with the health department to ensure their safety so we feel confident that our students and our staff are safe at this time and we can proceed on with a normal school day," said Kevin Duncan, Superintendent at Tishomingo Public Schools.

Duncan says school staff took the weekend to prepare pre-packaged meals for their students, and made sure to have plenty of bottled water on hand. He says they also shut off all water fountains and sinks.

Yates says he will be conducting an investigation so situations like these don't occur in the future. He says he's grateful to have clean water again.

"We can all return to normal life realizing how important water is to our daily life," Yates said.

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