A major water leak in a six inch main was located on the afternoon of Friday, July 19.  

It had caused low water pressure in several parts of the 100 square miles served by Purcell Public Works Authority. 

At higher elevations in the area customers suffered outages, city officials said.

The water main running along SH 39 from Purcell to storage at Santa Fe Avenue was found with a six inch long split, hidden under heavy overgrowth and draining into a waterway. 

Although the repair was simple and took a couple of hours, locating the site of the break had been ongoing for over a week.

On about June 28 the water supply was first affected by storm damage to four of the 14 wells that supply Purcell.  While repairs to those were in progress, the appearance of the water leak began in the second week of July.

Purcell Public Works Water Department Superintendent Michael Minor and his group were assisted by the Electric Department, managed by Trey Phillips, in the search for the leak.

During the 10 day search, help was also provided by the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, Meyers Well Service, Wee Construction and customers who were reporting possible leaks.

The City of Purcell Public Works wants to express its appreciation to customers for their patience with the times of low pressure and outages. 

“And, a special appreciation to the many supporters that reduced their water demand to help us all,” Purcell City Manager Dale Bunn said.

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