Authorities recommend boiling water in areas around Lake Eufaula and Checotah State Park in rural eastern Oklahoma

The City of Checotah first notified customers of the water from the leak on Sunday. That same morning, McIntosh County Rural Water District No. 9 posted on Facebook that the district relied on water stored in its tower.

The tower held 230,000 gallons of water Sunday, enough to last three days in the water district with careful preservation.

“Please conserve now or our problem will be worse,” the district operator urged in a Facebook post.

The next morning, Checotah and McIntosh County Rural Water District No. 9 ran out of water.

On Tuesday, the city of Checotah discovered and began repairing a major leak in a water main just south of Lake Eufaula. But on Wednesday, the water was still not flowing. It started coming back into the system later in the day after authorities found and fixed another major leak north of Lake Eufaula, according to another Facebook update.

The system is operational again, but residents may experience lower than normal water pressures. The Rural Water District also recommends that customers boil their water after such a major system interruption.

The district plans to submit water samples for analysis as soon as possible after Labor Day weekend. He hopes to confirm whether the water is safe to drink by September 9.

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