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Update: Officials lift boil advisory at local middle school, water now safe

UPDATE: 8/8/2014 – The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has lifted the boil advisory for Oakdale Middle School.

In July officials said the well water at the school was contaminated with E-coli.

Officials say the water is now safe for human consumption.

 

EDMOND, Okla. – A state agency is warning administrators about the water quality at a local school.

The Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality says well water at Oakdale Middle School is contaminated with E-coli.

Officials say they made the discovery after a series of routine tests.

“Well, luckily, school is not in session right now so DEQ is working with Oakdale school system to have the situation fixed, hopefully, before school is back,” said Erin Hatfield, with the DEQ.

Many parents are concerned.

“School is starting soon.  How long will it take to solve the problem?” asked parent Cristen Clements.

Although there are no guarantees the situation will be cleared up by the time school starts, there will be steps taken to make sure kids are safe.

Officials say they will boil water before it is used in the school cafeteria and kids will be drinking bottled water instead of drinking from water fountains.

Hatfield says they are working to determine how long it will take to get the problem fixed.

“We have a DEQ employee out at Oakdale Middle School doing evaluation today on the water system. Based on that evaluation DEQ will be able to make some determinations on what step the school will need to take to hopefully get this situation remedied,” said Hatfield.

The school year begins on Aug. 20.