Water back on in east Lawton; boil order issued

LAWTON-- Water customers in east Lawton are under a boil order by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. City leaders say it's mandatory for all residents in the Garden Village neighborhood. As a precaution, the rest of east Lawton is being asked to voluntarily boil drinking water. The announcement follows Friday night's water main break, which wiped out water service to the entire east side of the city.

Service was restored for the Garden Village neighborhood late Saturday night. City crews worked throughout the day to construct a temporary water line for the neighborhood. 7-News has also learned that public works has located the break that caused the outages. It's in Cache Creek, buried under the ground. Councilman Keith Jackson says it will likely take days to fix it. In the meantime, the city has created a bypass to bring water into east Lawton. Because of that, they need help from all Lawton water customers.

"The entire community needs to conserve, ration, turn off automatic sprinklers to provide conservation, because we're trying to feed east Lawton through a 10 inch line," said public works director Jerry Ihler.

That's why your water pressure may still be low. City leaders also asked large businesses like Goodyear, Republic Paperboard, and Fort Sill to also try and cut down on their water use during this emergency.