Broken Arrow Residents Asked To Curb Water Usage Due To Algae Build Up
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The new $60 million plant can churn out 20 million gallons of water a day, but the heat means water is at high demand. As people turn on their faucets, an unusually large amount of algae from the Verdigris River -- the city's main water source -- is clogging microscopic fiber filters.
"It takes more than six hours just to clean one membrane rack, and there are ten total racks to clean, so within three days, we should get caught up," Flasch said.
Residents are asked to "significantly limit" outdoor water usage such as watering lawns or filling swimming pools during the next three days.
City-operated swimming pools will stay open, but splash pads will close.
Broken Arrow resident Randy Pond was fishing at the Verdigris River Saturday. He says it doesn't bother him.
"Lot of people are wanting to fill their pools and stuff up, little kiddie pools, and let their kids have a good time," he said. "I don't see why they couldn't just take them to a lake and let them go swimming there."
Although, he does hope more algae in the river means a greater chance at a bite.
Yeah, hopefully it'll help me out here today, but so far not really," Randy Pond said.
The city is looking into why there's a high concentration of algae in the river. The city assures residents it will not run out of treated water and says the water is safe to drink.