Some Beggs Residents Claim Their Water Keeps Getting Shut Off

Tuesday, August 18th 2020, 5:30 pm
By: William Blanchette

BEGGS, Okla. -

Some residents in Beggs are not happy about having their water system frequently shut off.

The Beggs Housing Authority, along with several others who live in Beggs, said they've called the city several times, trying to fix their water being shut off, but they still haven't gotten a response.

It’s a problem some residents said has been going on for too long.

Jamie Moore at the Housing Authority said she oversees 55 apartments. She said at least 25 units complained about having no water.

Mayor Kathryn Bell disputes that and said calls are answered 24/7.  She blamed the water issue on an unprecedented number of water line breaks over the past several weeks, because of recent heavy rain and temperature fluctuations.

"They have a cast iron line between their water plant and town that has had some breaks in it,” contractor Steve Wheeler said.

Wheeler said that over time, the rain has caused the ground to shift.

"When the ground moves away from the pipe, it splits,” Wheeler said.

Bell said the water must be shut down in order to make repairs.

"It's just ridiculous,” Hastings said.

Darrell Hastings believes the water system has run its course and the city is struggling to find the money to fix it.

Bell said residents are still encouraged to call the city for any questions about their water service.