Worms in water force Oklahoma school cancellation

Published On: Aug 28 2013 07:24:41 AM HST
COLCORD, Okla. -

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality have issued a "do not drink the water" order after worms were found in the drinking water by residents in Colcord, Okla., in Delaware County. 

The Oklahoma DEQ confirmed the red worms were found by local residents in Colcord.

Colcord Schools closed Tuesday due to the worm infestation, which affected over 300 residents. Officials are still unsure how the worms got into their water supply and are working to clean out the system.

Officials say the schools will be closed again on Wednesday. 

"The chlorine won't kill them, the bleach won't kill them. You can take the worms out of the filter system and put them in a straight cup of bleach and leave them in there for about four hours, and they still won't die," said Water Commissioner and Vice Mayor Cody Gibby.

Rachel Miller has been hauling water for her family.

"It's crazy, (because) my kids are out of school. We have no water. We can't even cook with it, so it's pretty bad," said Miller. "When you go without water, you kind of miss the simple things of being able to go and turn your faucet on."

The lack of water, especially on a hot day, was a big concern for school leaders.

"We have about 650 students in our school, from pre-K to 12th grade. It's not possible to have school without drinking water," said Colcord Superintendent J.D. Parkerson.

The Cherokee Nation donated several pallets of bottled water to Colcord Schools.


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