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Blood Worms Invade Okla. Town’s Water Supply
Aug 29, 2013 12:53pm
The discovery of blood worms in a small Oklahoma town’s water supply
has forced a “do not drink” order as well as a school closure through
“Right now there’s still a precautionary water use advisory, so still
encouraging people not to use the water for anything except bathing,
not to use it for food preparation, brushing teeth, drinking,” Oklahoma
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) spokeswoman Erin Hatfield told
The blood worms, also known as red worms, were discovered earlier
this week in the filtering system of Colcord, Okla., population
800, about 80 miles east of Tulsa.
The worms range from a half-inch to an inch long and have no known health effects, according to Hatfield.
“They weren’t coming out of people’s faucets,” Hatfield said. “They
were found in the distribution system, originally at a convenience store
that was having their filters serviced. And they were found in the
“The chlorine won’t kill them, the bleach won’t kill them. You can
take the worms out of the filter system and put them in a straight cup
of bleach and leave them in there for about four hours, and they still
won’t die,” Cody Gibby, Colcord water commissioner and vice mayor, told ABC’s Arkansas affiliate KHBS-TV.
The Cherokee Nation donated cases of bottled water to Colcord Schools
and the town’s emergency management office has been distributing water
to residents including Rachel Miller and her family.
“It’s crazy. My kids are out of school. We have no water. We can’t
even cook with it, so it’s pretty bad,” Miller told KHBS-TV. “When you
go without water, you kind of miss the simple things [like] being able
to go and turn your faucet on.”
“The DEQ will be onsite sometime this week to inspect the facility
and try to ascertain how this may have happened and hopefully to find a
way to prevent it from happening again,” Hatfield said.