Boil order issued; E. coli found in Pawhuska water supply


The city of Pawhuska is asking residents to boil city water before using or use bottled water.

The E. coli bacteria was discovered in the Pawhuska Public water supply on Friday.

A boil order notice is being delivered to city residents.

E. coli is a bacteria that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. Most types of E. coli are harmless, but some strains may cause diarrhea, anemia and kidney failure, which may lead to death.

To kill or inactivate E. coli in your water, bring the water to a rolling boil for one minute. Water can then be allowed to cool, stored in a clean, sanitized container with a tight cover and refrigerated.

Currently, there is no filter than can remove E. coli bacteria from water.

The Pawhuska IGA, 236 E. Main St., will have 20 pallets of bottled water available Saturday, according to a Facebook post on the city of Pawhuska’s Facebook page.

For more information, contact City Hall or (918) 287-1798 or the light plant at (918) 287-3260.