Some water restrictions lifted in Lone Grove

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

LONE GROVE, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is lifting some restrictions for parts of Lone Grove that receive water from the City of Lone Grove.

Residents north of Highway 70 or south of Highway 70 and west of Meridian can return to normal water use (Zone A on attached map). There are no indications in that area of the presence of herbicide or bacterial contamination.

For residents who live north or south of Myall Road, south of Highway 70, west of Brock Road, and east of Meridian (Zone B on map), DEQ recommends the following:

· Use water to bathe

· Use water to shower

· Use water to do laundry

· Use water to flush toilets

· Do not use water to drink or cook

Sampling results have indicated the water line along Brock Road was heavily contaminated with herbicide. DEQ is currently collecting additional samples throughout Zone B on the attached map.

About eight houses east of Brock Road are still without water. Water will not be restored to those houses until it is determined to be safe.

All of the problems started on Wednesday of last week, when someone improperly filling an herbicide tank and then a water main broke, sucking those chemicals into the public water system.

“We’ve had a lot of questions about why is the water sampling taking so long. I know it's not going as quickly as residents would like it to go, but we are working as quickly as we can, and our number one priority is protecting public health," says Skylar McElhaney with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

On Wednesday morning, two things happened which contributed to the problem: first, there was a water main break, which caused a loss of service to some, and a loss of pressure to others. The second incident involved herbicide somehow making its way into the main that was broken.

It is unclear exactly how those chemicals got into the system, but crews working to fix the break became aware of it when the water turned a bright blue color.

That was how they knew trouble was brewing.

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality shut Lone Grove’s water supply off after a pesticide spill Wednesday afternoon.

Classes at Lone Grove schools were canceled Thursday and Friday.

Here is a written statement from Lone Grove city manager Marianne Elfert last week:

"The City of Lone Grove has been forced to shut down their city water supply at approximately 5 PM on Wednesday, 23 January 2008 to protect their water supply.

There was an earlier water main break that had resulted in homes and businesses in the Southeastern part of the City (Brock Road) being without water. During the morning, we had a small quantity of herbicide leak into the broken system just north of the water main break. The main is being repaired and will be thoroughly flushed and tested by DEQ before the water is turned back on. The people living south of the break have not had water so there is no contamination possibility. The main areas of Lone Grove are also not contaminated; however, the water must be shut down in order to protect our current water sources and to protect our citizens. There will be drinking water available at the Fire Department and please bring your own containers. We apologize for the inconvenience and problems this will cause, but the health and welfare of our citizens comes first. We will notify citizens and turn the water back on as soon as testing confirms that the system is safe. You may have water, but please do no use it until further notice. SOWC water and private wells are not affected. We will notify the media as soon as the water is turned back on. Lone Grove District Schools are also shut down tomorrow."

Marianne Elfert
City Manager
on Wednesday


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  • by LG73443 Location: Lone Grove on Feb 4, 2008 at 01:42 PM
    Hey, DD, I did take her to the doctor and I was told that she had an acute contact rash from the water. It is so sad, I really wonder if the water has been contaminated this whole time... Anyways, why do you ask? Do you know someone that got sick from the water too? I have talked to many people that have told me that they had sore throats, URI, or different types of problems. I looked up all of the chemicals that were spilled into the water and the long term effects are not good at all. That is what scares me so bad. I sit back and wonder....Is this going to affect my children forever???
  • by j Location: ardmore on Feb 3, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    i'd hate to be this mike guy, not because he seems to be in a heap of trouble, but because he kills bugs for a living.
  • by I've noticed the differences Location: Ardmore resident on Feb 2, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    My point was that Lone Grove Schools excel in spite of the fact that they don't have the high tax base that Plainview does.
  • by I've noticed the difference Location: Ardmore resident on Feb 2, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    How did comparing the schools come out of water woes? Let's look at some facts. Plainview's community has 20% of the adults with college degrees. Lone Grove has 10%. 26% of Lone Grove residents don't have a HS diploma. Only 18% of Plainview doesn't have a HS diploma. YET, Lone Grove School's OCCT scores are extremely close to Plainview's. The second highest in the county. Lone Grove brings out the best in its students. Nothing was mentioned about vocal music where the Singletons at Lone Grove have won state contests regularly and have made this one of the most respected music programs in the state. Nothing was mentioned about speech. Lone Grove, not Plainview, has won state speech honors for years in a row. Nothing was mentioned about both the Intermediate and the Primary being Model Great Expectation Schools which Plainview cannot claim. What about Lone Grove's highly trained Jump N Jive Jump Rope Team. What about the Hotshots basketball demonstration team? LG excels.
  • by kd Location: plainview on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    I am very sorry for any negative comments that was given by Plainview people. Not all Plainview people are bad. I attended Lone Grove for 13 years yet my child attends Plainview. This is not about test scores or how good each school is. It is simply about water issues that could have happened to any community. I'm sorry for your lack of water. I'm sure it is very hard. Be sure and check your water for contamination yourself. I would not trust Lone Grove. Have they told you the truth so far? Call a professional before you drink the water. Sorry Lone Grove
  • by oh my Location: ardmore on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:07 PM
    i am so glad that i don't live in plainview as this must really be a bad place for bugs. was mikes coming to your city to spray for weeds with the city. just wanted to know if anyone has contacted judge judy, judge woppner or dr. phil or maybe a really good lawyer. since when did cities spray for weeds in the winter
  • by Anonymous Location: ak on Feb 1, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    There's been quite a issue about LG and Plainview and people saying Plainview isn't helping and LG wouldn't help if Plainview had a problem. Plainview people are and will do what they can for LG. I'm on LG water. There's ways to deal with no water, it's not the end of the world. I think I speak for most at Plainview. We will do what we can for the people of LG but the gloves come off when it becomes a school or "road" issue. But even after that, we will help. What can we do? Some comments are totally out of line and some are fairly funny. Some are getting all bent out of shape and you don't even really know who's making these comments. It may be somebody that's not even in the school district or on the "road"! If they are, we may not like them either!
  • by dd Location: lg on Feb 1, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    To LG 73443 did you take your child to the doctor?I was wondering if they could tell if it was because of the water.
  • by Plainview Rulz Location: Plainview Road on Feb 1, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    Plainviews Finest you are funny! I heard they were going to expand their gym and ballfield bleachers to solve the obese problem. And on Friday night, Lost Grove will be flooded in a sea of red and white!
  • by k Location: cas on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:57 AM
    oh my goodness...this is pathetic, it's turned into a boxing match, grow up people... this is about water, not who's better at what, who's smarter than who...they're working on the water situation. Thank the good Lord for what you have!
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