Boil water order issued in Oakley
May 21, 2015
Editors note: This article is a corrected version of the original, specifically regarding when the Health Department will get the results of the chlorination tests.
The Summit County Health Department, in conjunction with the City of Oakley, issued an advisory late Wednesday afternoon for everyone on the Oakley City Water System to boil their water for at least the next 24 hours, according to Katie Mullaly, the public information officer for the Health Department. The boil water order was issued at approximately 4:10 p.m.
Oakley recently failed two water samples and was chlorinating its water in an effort to clean up the supply, Mullaly said, adding that residents who are affected by the order were notified via a reverse 911 call.
"The city has taken the necessary steps to fix this problem," Mullaly said.
Officials think the city’s water supply became contaminated from either a construction mishap where a water line was hit or from debris that entered the spring box source.
The Health Department is currently sampling all the water and will get the results for the chlorination at 5 p.m. Until then, residents are advised to boil their water. However, pets should be fine if they drink unboiled water, Mullaly said.
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For more information or for drinking water, residents are advised to contact Oakley City 435-783-5734. Anyone who is also interested in signing up for the county’s reverse 911 call system can do so through the county website at summitcounty.org.