A voluntary precautionary boil advisory has been issued for the city of McAlester and Rural Water Districts which purchase water from the city.

The State Department of Environmental Quality and the city of McAlester issued the order Wednesday, Nov. 27, for the city, along with RWDs 5, 6, 7, 9 and 16.

The city of McAlester was continuing to work to restore water and water pressure to customers Wednesday morning following a chemical feed line rupture Tuesday at the plant that affected water production. The lines have been repaired and all five filters are currently operational at the plant, said city of McAlester Public Information Officer Stephanie Giacomo.

"We will be activating a second pump to send additional water to town soon," Giacomo said. "The water system is recovering this morning which can take up to 24 hours to completely refill. Due to a loss of pressure in the system, we are issuing a voluntary Precautionary Boil Advisory in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality."

The advisory was issued as a result of loss of pressure in the water system and the potential for contamination as a result of this situation. The drinking water quality is unknown and to protect yourself you may choose to boil your water, the advisory states.

As a precaution, it is advised that the consumers of this water system bring the water to a full rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, food preparation, baby formula preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, ice making, wound care, and bathing infants who may ingest bath water.

Alternatively, you may use bottled water for these purposes. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice. Questions concerning this situation should be addressed to the McAlester Police Department, 918-423-1212, the advisory states.

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