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Water crisis in Seminole County town

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There's a water crisis in Konawa, Oklahoma. (KTEN) There's a water crisis in Konawa, Oklahoma. (KTEN)

KONAWA, Okla. -- It's been a rough summer for the residents of Konawa. The Seminole County town with a population of 1,300 is running low on usable water.

"Several leaks here and there --- some we could find, some we couldn't find until later," said  Konawa public works director James Rogers. "We lost a bunch of water in the process. We had storms move through and so lost even more water because the power was off several hours after that."

Konawa relies on water pumped from wells to their water plant for treatment. From there, the precious fluid is piped into homes.

But those pipes are getting old.

"The only pressure we can provide is the pressure that the pump can provide, and we have to limit that because if we turn it up too much, then our failing lines," Rogers said. "We have a lot of lines that are over 50 plus years old."

There is also no place to store water, because the town's water tower is currently unusable.

"The key is going to be, once we get our water tower rehabbed -- which is in the process of being done -- we'll then have a new three-day...  at least a three-day water supply, so if something like this happens again, we'll be prepared."

Until then, Konawa will have to wait for drinking water, but maybe not for long.

"We are currently trying to take some samples to find out," Rogers said. "I'm hoping here by the end of this week that we can have water that people can drink again. We already have water that you can flush and take showers in."

The city said there's no timetable for when the water supply will be restored.

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