UPDATE: Boil order issued for Jenks residents, restaurants to close

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Water from a faucet

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. October, 24. – The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced that the boil advisory for Kendrick, Located in Lincoln County, has been lifted.

The water is now safe for human consumption.



JENKS, Okla. – The City of Jenks has issued a boil order for residents and has asked food establishments to cease operations after a presence of E. coli was found in the water. The Oklahoma Department of Environment Quality advised the city that a presence of E. coli was found in Jenks water.

Water used in food preparation, dish washing and brushing teeth should be brought to a complete boil for at least one minute.

Retail food establishments may continue selling packaged food, but fountain drinks must be discontinued. After the advisory is lifted and restaurants return to service, water systems must be flushed, ice supplies discarded and all food contact equipment must be washed, rinsed and sanitized before use.

Information for Food Establishments provided by the Tulsa Health Department:

-Drinking Water: Use bottle water only; Post “Do Not Drink” signs or disconnect water fountains.

-Previously prepared foods must be discarded.

-Ice produced before the time of the boil order must be discarded and the water shut off to ice machines. Once the order is lifted, all machines must be flushed, cleaned and sanitized before use.

-Beverage machines that use water must be removed from operation. Water used for coffee and tea must use bottled water. No post-mix fountain dispensed drinks can be used.

-Only bottled water can be used to wash fruits and vegetables. Only bottled water may be used for food preparation.

-Boiled or bottle water must be used to wash hands. It must be dispensed from a container with a spigot.

-Dish washer machines may not be used during advisory.

-Single service eating and drinking utensils may be used.

-Dipper wells must have utensils removed and use must be discontinued.

-Hand wash stations must be established for each restroom.

-Grocery stores must shut off misters in produce department and deli-type operations.

For more information, contact the Health Department Food Safety division at 918-595-4300

From KTUL Tulsa

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