Worm infestation prompts warning not to drink water in Oklahoma town

The Colcord Public Works Authority issued a warning Monday advising residents not to drink the water or use it for food preparation or hygiene purposes.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: August 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm •  Published: August 27, 2013
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— An infestation of red worms has prompted Colcord city officials to issue a notice alerting residents not to drink the water, Vice Mayor Cody Gibby said Tuesday.

The community's water source may be unsafe for human consumption, he said.

The Colcord Public Works Authority issued a warning Monday advising residents not to drink the water or use it for food preparation or hygiene purposes.

“The worms are in the water tower system,” Gibby said.

They range from a half-inch to an inch long and resemble a centipede.

“Bleach doesn't even kill them,” Gibby said. “We don't know what we are dealing with.”

The state Department of Environmental Quality is running tests, he said.

The Colcord School District dismissed classes, and all commercial businesses are closed, Gibby said.

Residents are able to get bottled water at the Colcord Fire Department.

Colcord is in Delaware County in northeastern Oklahoma.