Portable showers and toilets and drinking water collection sites have been set up in the Bixby area following ‘extensive and unauthorized’ water use which has significantly reduced operating buffer levels in reservoirs area storage.
The city is asking residents to conserve water until the problem is resolved, possibly in a few days.
A large potable water fill site has been established at 14726 E. 171 St. South.
A small drinking water refill site is located at 171st Street and US 64.
Pitches are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A five-cabin portable shower was installed at East 181st Street and South 158th East Avenue.
The city has also acquired four portable toilet trailers. The facilities are equipped with toilets and sinks. They will be at the following locations:
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The city also requested a large drinking water tanker from the National Guard, County Commissioner Karen Keith said in a statement.
“The tanks I’ve been able to get are 500 gallons each and they’ll probably need something close to 2,500 gallons,” she said.
“It’s for the Leonard/Bixhoma Hills area which has been without water for a few days,” she said.
“They’re trying to bleed air out of a 12-inch water pipe in order to get water back into the tower. The air in the pipe has created a situation where the pump can’t overcome the pressure of backflow to lift it. 107 feet he has to travel to start filling the tank.”
The city, in a social media post, said crews are diverting and dedicating as many streams as possible to restore service to the Lake Bixhoma area.
This process includes modifying the system north and south of the Arkansas River to maximize the pressure at the Mingo Booster Station.
“Sufficient pressure is needed to deliver water from the Bixby connections to the Tulsa Distribution System at 101st & Mingo Rd to the Lake Bixhoma storage reservoirs,” the city said.
“This operation may result in reduced pressures throughout the city. Again, the city is asking residents to voluntarily reduce irrigation water usage on the systems as much as possible over the next few days.”
It could take four or five days before the issue is fully resolved, said Joe Kralicek, executive director of the Tulsa-area Emergency Management Agency.
The town of Bixby has a population of around 30,000, not counting those who live outside the city limits in the area affected by water issues.