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Source of water contamination in Jones unclear, DEQ says

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has been unable to identify a "definitive cause" of the contamination in the rural suburb's water supply. 

E. coli was found in the Jones public water supply earlier this month.

DEQ spokeswoman Erin Hatfield said Jones conducted increased monitoring for total coliform bacteria as part of the process to ensure the water system was safe. 

After samples collected last Aug. 9 came back clean, a boil order was lifted.

The community relies on well water.

Jones is in an area of northeast Oklahoma County where sewage sludge from Oklahoma City wastewater treatment plants was spread on farm fields.

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William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›