Boil Order Issued for Cherokee Co. RWD #16

For Immediate Release:  June 18, 2021

Contact:  Erin Hatfield, (405) 702-7119,

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has advised Cherokee Co. RWD #16 (Wildcat), located in Cherokee County, to inform users of its drinking water to use water that has been brought to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute, bottled water, or water from another acceptable source for consumption, use in food preparation, dishwashing and brushing teeth. This order was issued due E. coli in the drinking water.

Please note that the boil order is for Cherokee Co. RWD #16 (Wildcat) only. The boil order does not include many areas of Cherokee County. If a water customer is unsure which water system supplies their water, the customer should check their water bill.

This Boil Order is not related to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is important to continue to wash your hands during the Boil Order. During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading. It is safe to wash your hands with soap and tap water. If soap and tap water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. If you have an open wound, you should use boiled or bottled water to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Users will be notified when the water is considered safe for human consumption. Federal law requires that consumers be notified when a public water supply exceeds certain maximum contaminant levels and might be harmful to the health of consumers.