Water in Small Oklahoma Town Contaminated with E.coli

Residents in Ryan, Oklahoma have been under a boil order since last week after routine water checks test positive for a potentially deadly bacteria. 

The community as a whole is feeling the effects of not having the precious resource at their disposal. 

On July 10, Ryan water samples tested positive for Escherichia coli, also known as E.coli.

The community is forced to boil it's water before using it while city officials are doing what they can to find the source of the problem and fix it.

For residents like Valerie Kimbro, things have changed significantly after the mandatory boil was issued.

She says, "What is this water going to do to me. I have enough trouble. I don't want to have worry about if I want to drink water.

In addition, Kimbro says, "It's very hard for me to carry a pot over here so I have to do it in little pitchers. There's people that can't even do that. What do they do? We need help. It needs to be taken care of now."

The boil order in Ryan is not only affecting the residents in town but also businesses because employers cannot use the water for their daily operations. 

Ryan Public Works Electric Superintendent Gary Williams says, "The convenience stores and cafes and stuff like that; it hurts because that's revenue for the city. That's revenue for the people that own the businesses and stuff."

Water and Sewer Maintenance Superintendent Andrew Brame says they are doing what they can to fix the issue but haven't been able to find the source of the contamination.

"We can't pinpoint exactly where it came from," Brame says. "It's a big distribution system to pinpoint but all we can do is just keep following up with the state's rules and just keep working off of there."

It's an inconvenience that has people appreciating the valuable resource.

Brame says, "We are asking people just to be patient with us. We are working on it. We will get it corrected. Everything that is wrong can be corrected and will be corrected.''

Kimbro says, "When you don't have it, believe me, you miss it. There's no doubt about it."

Ryan officials will be holding a town hall on Thursday to talk about their water problems.

It will be at the Ryan Senior Citizens Center located at 701 Washington St.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Ryan officials are hoping to be able to lift the boil order next Wednesday.

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