Water rationing is eased in northeast Oklahoma's Grove

A temporary intake pump has been installed, but outdoor watering remains banned in Grove, Oklahoma.
By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman Published: May 29, 2014
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A temporary pump has been installed, and the water rationing order for Grove residents was lifted Thursday, but outdoor watering remains banned.

City crews worked for more than 30 hours Tuesday and Wednesday to install a temporary intake pump, said Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager. A chain on a barge broke Tuesday, sending the intake pump to the bottom of Grand Lake. The barge was replacing a dock with new floatation containers when the chain broke, flipping the dock and barge upside down.

The water pump was located just off Honey Creek State Park, south of Grove.

“Although the water order has been lifted, the city is asking residents to continue using water conservatively,” Bottoroff said.

It will be a couple of days before there is enough water in the tanks for normal usage, she said.

“The temporary pump is the only one in operation and there is currently no backup, making conservation very important to make sure the tanks fill to a level that will provide water to our residents should the temporary pump have operational problems,” Bottoroff said.

Outside watering, the filling of residential swimming pools and unnecessary usage is prohibited until further notice, she said.

The community’s splash pad remains closed, but the city’s public pool, car wash and coin-operated laundries are open, Bottoroff said.