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June 11, 2013 11:45 AM

[DRAFT] City Manager declares water emergency

Broken Arrow, Okla. (June 12, 2013) – The Broken Arrow City Council will hold an Emergency City Council Meeting at 1:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, 220 S. First St.

The agenda will include:
1. Update on the status of the transmission water main break, the Voluntary, Precautionary Boil Advisory, repairs to the water main, the water currently in the system and current water treatment, the status of the water towers, contact made with state and local officials regarding this situation, information on City Staff response and the provision of information to the public, and emergency measures both contemplated and in effect to address this situation.

2. Consideration, discussion, and possible approval of Resolution 799, a Resolution of the Broken Arrow City Council declaring an emergency as a result of a transmission water main break, resulting in a shortage of water, activation of the City’s Emergency Operation Protocols, including waiving state and local provisions pertaining to competitive bidding as allowed by law, authorizing an informal bidding process, authorizing the City Manager to execute emergency contracts as necessary for repairs and any subsequent critical events, prohibition of outdoor watering, reduced use of indoor water, providing for the termination and extension of the provisions of this Resolution, waiving and directing the City Manager to carry out all applicable provisions.

Staff will continue to update the City’s website, www.brokenarrowok.gov, every 4 hours unless the situation warrants an immediate response.

Latest Update:

June 13, 2013 5:58 AM

SITUATION UPDATE 8
Water supply system capacity improves overnight

Broken Arrow, Okla. (June 13, 2013) – The precautionary boil advisory is still in effect until further notice. Test results are expected this afternoon.

However, the City’s water supply has reached an adequate capacity to resume normal water use, with the exception of the stipulations contained in the precautionary boil advisory.

City Manager Thom Moton has consulted with staff and based on the water system's storage levels has lifted the outdoor water use restriction.

City Pools and splash pads will remain closed until the advisory is lifted.
The next update will be sent at 10 a.m. this morning unless the situation warrants an immediate response.

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June 12, 2013 8:09 PM

SITUATION UPDATE 7
Broken Arrow, Okla. (June 12, 2013) – The precautionary boil advisory is still in effect until further notice. Once the results of the tests are received and there are no negative impacts on the system, the advisory will be lifted.

It is advised that the consumers of the Broken Arrow water system bring the water to full, rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, food preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, wound care and bathing infants who may ingest bath water.

City Pools and splash pads will remain closed until the advisory is lifted.

Water testing was complete this afternoon. Samples have been sent to the lab and results should be available tomorrow afternoon.

The Broken Arrow City Council approved Resolution No. 799 at its Emergency City Council Meeting today.

In the resolution, it is stated use of outdoor water could result in a fine up to $500. Water customers should continue to conserve water until otherwise notified.

Staff anticipated providing updates every 4 hours, but due to the substantial progress of water being returned to the system, staff feels an update at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning will be sufficient. However, if the situation warrants, immediate updates will be sent. Updates will be posted on the City’s website, www.brokenarrowok.gov.

Summary on Storage System as of 6 p.m.

• New Orleans (101st Street) storage tank is 64.8% full and rising.
• Tiger Hill (71st Street) storage tanks are 91.2% full and to rising.
• Battle Creek (51st Street) storage tank is 28.8% full and rising.

Overall storage in the lower pressure plane system is 56.2% full. At this time yesterday, the system was less than 30% full and falling because demand on system exceeded the available flow.


June 12, 2013 4:17 PM

SITUATION UPDATE 6 - City Council approves emergency resolution

Broken Arrow, Okla. (June 12, 2013) – The Broken Arrow City Council approved Resolution No. 799 at its Emergency City Council Meeting today.

The resolution states the following:

A RESOLUTION OF THE BROKEN ARROW CITY COUNCIL DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AS A RESULT OF A TRANSMISSION WATER MAIN BREAK, RESULTING IN A SHORTAGE OF WATER AND A REDUCTION IN WATER PRESSURE, ACTIVATION OF THE CITY’S EMERGENCY OPERATION PROTOCOLS, INCLUDING WAIVING STATE AND LOCAL PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO COMPETITIVE BIDDING AS ALLOWED BY LAW, AUTHORIZING AN INFORMAL BIDDING PROCESS, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE EMERGENCY CONTRACTS AS NECESSARY FOR REPAIRS AND ANY SUBSEQUENT CRITICAL EVENTS, PROHIBITION OF OUTDOOR WATERING, REDUCED USE OF INDOOR WATER, PROVIDING FOR THE TERMINATION AND EXTENSION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS RESOLUTION, WAIVING AND DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO CARRY OUT ALL APPLICABLE PROVISIONS.

It should be noted that use of outdoor water could result in a fine up to $500.

Water customers should continue to conserve water until otherwise notified. The precautionary boil advisory is still in effect until further notice. Once the results of the tests are received and there are no negative impacts on the system, the advisory will be lifted.

Staff will continue to update the City’s website, www.brokenarrowok.gov, every 4 hours unless the situation warrants an immediate response.