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Grove rations water after pump accident

The swimming pool and local carwashes are closed while the city of Grove works to replace a water intake pump.
By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman Published: May 28, 2014

— City crews worked through the night to install a new water intake pump only to find it failed, Grove Assistant City Manager Debbie Bottoroff said Wednesday.

“One pump failed and a second pump wasn’t compatible,” Bottoroff said. A third pump was being installed on Wednesday morning.

The resort town known for its 1,300 miles of shoreline, fishing tournaments and lake recreation suffered a blow when a chain on a barge broke on Tuesday.

The barge was replacing a dock with new flotation containers when the chain broke, flipping the dock and barge upside down in the water and sending the pump to the bottom of Grand Lake. The site is at Honey Creek State Park, south of Grove on the Honey Creek arm of Grand Lake.

The city’s fire department is pumping water out of Grand Lake into the water treatment plant, but water usage is running high despite an emergency mandatory water rationing order, Bottoroff said.

“Our restaurants are open and are operating conservatively,” Bottoroff said.“They will not be closed unless a boil order is issued.”

Bottoroff said there is no boil order in effect.

“We intend to have the situation fixed before the weekend, when tourists hit Grand Lake,” Bottoroff said.

The city closed down the community’s splash pad and swimming pool. Car washes in Grove have voluntarily closed down.

By Tuesday evening, cases of bottled water were being hauled out of Walmart by customers.

“We had a run on water,” said Alan McArdle, Walmart customer service representative.

The store still has water, but a truck with more water is expected on Wednesday, he said.


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