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Boil Notice Continues for SOWC Customers

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CARTER/LOVE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA-- For the second time in just two months, a boil order has been issued for water coming from the Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation, SOWC.

"It's really frustrating," Danny White said. 

The Department of Environmental quality says the water tested positive for the harmful bacteria  E. Coli.

"We get it again, and then we're still under a water restriction, where I can't water my yard, so I mean there's a lot of things it affects," White said. 

Servicing hundreds of customers in Carter County and northern Love County, it's causing concern and frustration yet again.

Local businesses have had to close their kitchens. 

"Our store is still open but our kitchen closed down, it cuts into our profit, we're losing 60% of business a day until we're able to reopen our kitchen," Sonny's Country Store and Grill Manager, Kyle Lawson said.   

The DEQ is warning all users of SOWC to only use water that has been brought to a full boil for at least one minute, bottled water, or water from another source for consumption, dish-washing, brushing teeth, and prepping food.

"We come here every day, don't have another place to eat and couldn't believe it's closed down because of the water, we had to go all the way up to the highway about 10 minutes and we just get 30 minutes for lunch," Richard Mosley, Customer at Sonny's said. 

They say people will be notified as soon as the water is safe again, something customers say can't come soon enough.

The DEQ says they will be onsite Tuesday, assessing the water system to find out exactly where the sanitary issues are coming from.