By Brenda Tollett
KONAWA — A precautionary boil advisory for Konawa’s city water was lifted Thursday afternoon by Konawa City Manager Rita LoPresto. She made this announcement during Konawa City Council’s regular meeting Thursday night.
The boil advisory was issued after a drop in water pressure due to a breakdown of a major water pump March 18. According to a notice by Konawa Public Works Authority, there was an increased chance the city’s drinking water could have contained disease-causing organisms as a result of the breakdown.
Following the March 18 breakdown, Konawa City Council issued an emergency resolution to allow for replacement of the water line between the wells and the water treatment plant. This was a major blow to Konawa’s already troubled water system. However, many of the city’s water problems may soon be solved.
At Thursday’s meeting, council members gave Audra Smith, Konawa’s deputy city manager, approval to apply for a ODOC Water/Wastewater Construction Grant, USDA Emergency Water Grant and Hazardous Mitigation Grant. Smith told council members that although there is no guarantee the city will be approved for the grants, she is doing everything she can to secure funding for the city’s aging water system.
“I want to commend the city crew for all their hard work during the emergency,” said Konawa Vice Mayor Larry Chesser.
In other action, council members approved LoPresto’s request to combine two existing loans at BancFirst with a new loan to pay for cost of repairing the city’s water system. Property owners at 119 E. 5th and 500 E. 5th reported they are cleaning up their respective properties. However, city council members requested they continue the work and the city manager would inspect the the property again in one month to determine if more action should be taken.
Smith suggested property owners take advantage of Konawa’s annual spring clean up event April 17-25. The city will have a free dumpster behind city hall for area residents to deposit trash, a wood and brush pile will be open to the public, free tire pickup or disposal and old appliance pick up or drop off behind city hall will be available.
For more information about city clean up, phone Smith at (580) 925-3025 ext. 206.