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Boil Advisory Lifted, Broken Arrow Food Establishments OK to Reopen

TULSA, OK – [June 13, 2013] – Broken Arrow City Manager Thom Moton has rescinded the water emergency in conjunction with lifting the precautionary boil advisory issued on Tuesday, June 11. Food establishments that serve open food are therefore permitted to reopen to the public, provided they follow the established Tulsa Health Department’s protocols for reopening listed below.

THD is working with the City of Broken Arrow to contact food service entities affected by the boil advisory. Testing of Broken Arrow’s water supply showed no presence of contaminants. Water customers can return to normal water usage.

Flush the building water lines and clean faucets screens, water lines strainers on mechanical dishwashing machines 
Purge all water using fixtures and appliances, such as ice machines, beverage makers, hot water heaters, etc. Clean and sanitized all fixtures, sinks and equipment connected to waterlines
More Specific Details
Cold Water Faucets: Run tap water until the water feels cold, 1 minute or more, before drinking, tooth brushing, or using for food preparation.
Hot Water Faucets: To clear hot water pipes and water heater of untreated water, turn on all hot water faucets and flush for a minimum of 15 minutes for a typical household 40-gallon hot water tank and 30 minutes for an 80-gallon hot water tank or larger. Never use water from the “hot” faucet for drinking, cooking, or other internal-consumption purposes. After this flushing, hot water is then safe to use for washing hands, and for hand washing of dishes, pots and pans, etc.
Refrigerators: Water dispensers from refrigerators should be flushed by at least one quart of water.
Dishwashers: After flushing hot water pipes and water heater, run dishwasher empty one time.
Ice cubes: Automatic ice dispensers should be emptied of ice made during the boil order. Then, discard ice made over an additional 24 hour period to assure complete purging of the water supply line.

The Tulsa Health Department works to safeguard public health through education on safe food handling practices and the regulation of food service establishments. THD performs more than 11,000 inspections of approximately 3,500 food service establishments annually. In addition, approximately 500 food safety training classes are conducted each year to educate restaurant employees and other food employees on food safety.

For more information including technical assistance for food establishments please contact the THD Food Safety division at 918-595-4300.

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