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Health Dept. OKs Broken Arrow Restaurants to Reopen

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The water emergency plaguing Broken Arrow for the past two days is over, prompting the Tulsa Co. Health Dept to give the all-clear for restaurants to open back up Thursday morning.

Below are the THD protocols for all food establishments to follow before resuming operations post-boil order:

*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

*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.

Testing on the water showed no presence of contaminants Thursday morning.

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