CHICKASHA, Okla. – August 15, 2022 – After the recent fire at the Chickasha Manufacturing facility, the City of Chickasha would like to assure citizens that the water supply remains safe.
USW, who manages Chickasha’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities, confirmed that levels of chemicals and pollutants being filtered out of the water treated at the facility has remained unchanged for months. USW is continuing to monitor levels daily and will notify City officials if anything should change.
The City’s water supply comes from the Ft. Cobb Reservoir. Chickasha does not supply water south of Pike’s Peak Rd., which is where the burn site is. Because the City’s water delivery lines do not run in this area, the water delivered to Chickasha water customers is safe to drink and use for normal activities.
“There is no danger to Chickasha water customers at this point,” said Chickasha Fire Chief Tony Samaniego. “The manner in which we handled the fire mitigated any potential threats to citizens, our water supply, and wastewater collection system.”
To minimize risk to the wastewater collection system, it was capped at Pike’s Peak Rd. and south to protect the system in the event of rain. This cap did not impact any other wastewater or water customers, as it is the end of the wastewater collection system line.
The cause of the fire is still under a joint investigation by State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Chickasha Fire Department. The Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have been on-site and are also investigating.