Colcord red worms have made the water supply in the this town's reservoir their home. The infestation of red worms has caused an alert to go out telling residents of Colcord not to drink the water. This alert from city officials states that the water source may be unsafe for human consumption, according to Tulsa World on Aug. 27.
Vice Mayor Cody Gibby said Tuesday that the warning was issued after the red worms were found in the water tower system. He went on to say that bleach doesn't kill these worms and stumped, the mayor admits, “We don’t know what we are dealing with.”
The red worms resemble a centipede, they are a species of earthworm that range from a half-inch to an inch long, said Gibby. Not only are Colcord residents warned no to drink the water, but they shouldn't use the water for food preparation or for personal hygiene purposes, conveyed the alert.
The 285 residential and business customers who are affected are able to pickup bottled water from the Colcord Fire Department officials said. Schools have canceled classes again on Wednesday and businesses are shut down in the town. The state Department of Environmental Quality is running tests on the red worms. Colcord is a town that is about 80 miles east of Tulsa in Delaware County. It is home to about 800 people.