The Oklahoma Department of Environmental ordered a boil order for the Town of Jones on Saturday after they claimed E. coli was found found in the water system.
The presence of E. coli bacteria could indicate the presence human or animal waste in water, posing a health risk. Those contaminated with E. coli could become ill, and the elderly, children and those who are immuno-compromised are at a greater health risk. Typical symptoms are headache, nausea, diarrhea, and other symptoms that can be shortlived.
“The Jones water system has been put under an order to “BOIL WATER BEFORE USING OR USE BOTTLED WATER!” By the Department of Environmental Quality. All we know at this point is what is stated in the letter provided. Our PWA will be working with DEQ to to rectify this problem. Until it can be corrected PLEASE take all precautions listed,” posted on the Town of Jones’ Facebook page.
The report does not list the nature of how the E coli was discovered, or what the level of the bacteria was in the water supply. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said the cause could be from runoff after a heavy rain or nearby contamination, faulty pipes or a problem with the water treatment system.
DEQ said the problem could be solved within a couple of weeks; and they would work with the Jones Public Works Authority.
Town water users are asked to boil their tap water before using or use bottled water.