Bethany's water tested
BETHANY — The state Department of Environmental Quality is investigating an area of contaminated groundwater in Bethany, agency officials said. The agency is investigating whether the contaminated water is present in private wells. Officials said no contaminants have been detected in Bethany's drinking water and said the contamination is linked to cleaning chemicals used at a former Aero Commander facility at Wiley Post Airport. They do not yet know the extent of the contamination, and department Officials want to identify and sample any existing private wells in an area extending from N Thompkins Avenue to Canal Road and between NW 39 Expressway and NW 50. Officials said contaminant levels are relatively low, but in some areas may exceed safe levels for drinking water.
Water conservation is goal
BROKEN ARROW — City officials are asking Broken Arrow residents to conserve water Tuesday and Wednesday. Officials said the measure will allow crews to move into the next phase of a water treatment plant construction. The city's ability to pump water to storage tanks will be limited for 12 hours beginning Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning because of the construction, officials said. “During construction of our new state-of-the-art water treatment facility, there are certain planned aspects and elements where the contractor will have to make a critical connection to the existing waterline system at the plant,” said Kenny Schwab, director of engineering in a news release. The $57 million facility will replace the existing the city's current plant constructed in 1966. Its completion is set for July 2014.