A Colcord red worms scare has infiltrated Colcord, Oklahoma, this week after little worms were found filled in the town’s water tower, and may have made the local water unsafe to drink. The Delaware County town shut down its drinking water for citizens on Tuesday, and it’s hoped that a strong cleaning of the water tower will get rid of the rise of the red worms by the end of the week, News9 reported this Tuesday, Aug. 27.
The Colcord red worms infestation began after tiny red worms were discovered in the Okla. town’s water supply and its source water tower. Although early fall is the time of year when the water system goes through difficulties due to the overall low water supply or system malfunctions, these red worms are causing their own problem in Colcord.
Citizens were picking up emergency jugs of water to keep themselves hydrated after the city issued an official warning that the water may be unsafe to drink due to the worms, which pose a new problem for the Delaware County locale.
"We've had tornadoes come through here and wipe us out and ice storms. We've seemed to have managed," said an Emergency Management official. “But now it's little red worms as the cause of the trouble …”
"I heard about that and I was like wait, what?" one resident.
After being tested during Colcord’s daily water testing, city officials found that tiny red worms had infiltrated the water supply, and actually infested the water tower.
"They are passing through our filters and getting into our distribution lines," said the county Water Commissioner.
It is unknown what exactly the Colcord red worms are or if they can potentially make citizens sick if they drink the unsafe water. Tests and cleaning procedures are still underway to rid the town of these creepy crawlies.
"We'll get through it. This is a tough little town. We'll get through it," concluded the commissioner.
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