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State agency lifts Pawhuska boil order

Staff report

The water in Pawhuska is safe to use again.

The Okahoma Department of Environmental Quality has lifted the boil order. Tests of the Pawhuska Water Supply show the water is safe for human consumption, the state agency said in a press release.

The agency's announcement also applies to the Osage County Rural Water District No. 18 (Evergreen), which purchases water from Pawhuska.

The boil order was announced Friday after E. coli bacteria was discovered in the city's water system. State and federal regulations require customers be notified any time public drinking water is deemed unsafe.

The state agency is responsible for regulating more than 1,600 public water supplies in the state, and all public water supplies are required to regularly submit samples to the state agency for testing.