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STONEWALL, OK -- Water levels are back to normal in Stonewall after city officials say a string of events led to a short supply.

"You know, we live with it," said Billy Tackett, longtime Stonewall resident.

People in the town of Stonewall say they're glad to see clear water again after a recent run of cloudy brown water coming out of their faucets.    

City administrators say the discolored water last week was caused by several events.

"It was a perfect storm," said Dennis Heath, city administrator for Stonewall.

Supervisors say low water levels were caused by poor well pressure which feeds into the town's supply tanks.

City officials say that sensors inside the  tanks failed when the water inside them froze, keeping them from sending a signal to refill the tanks.

Heath says the sensor failure led to the town's supply tank and water tower draining completely.

The emptying of the tanks as well as a water main break on Main Street sent deposits of ferrous iron into the water from the pipe system.

"And has collected in the 80, 90-year old pipe system in the ground and the 100-year old tower and those are things we have plans to replace in the future," said Heath.

The shortage led to students at Stonewall public schools to miss a day.

"You got to have water for cooking, and you got to have water for toilets," said Kevin Flowers, superintendent of Stonewall public schools. "So that was Tuesday so that's one missed day of school that we'll have to make up."

While Flowers says they've had shortages or low pressure in the past, this is the first time in 16 years as superintendent students missed a day of school.

Residents in Stonewall say the low water levels last week, weren't anything out of the norm.

"It was understandable, like I said it's old," said Tackett. "It happens quite often but it didn't really happen as long as it did this time."

Heath says the town is in the process of applying for grants to replace the water tower and all the iron piping used for water, as well as grants to rehabilitate the two wells that feed into the water system.