Issues / Concerns
TRIHALOMETHANES ARE A BY-PRODUCT OF DRINKING WATER CHLORINATION.
Millions of people every year are affected by microbial contaminants (Bacteria) in drinking water due to inadequate chlorine disinfection of the water supply. This is a real problem. "Microbial risks are real." Chlorination of your water system is essential in order to protect public health.
However when chlorine is introduced into untreated water, chlorine and naturally occurring organics in the water form a by-product called trihalomethanes. Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years could experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or immune systems.
The citizens of Lawton will have the opportunity to approve a capital improvements program in the fall, which will address the issues of being able to provide a treated water to the citizens that will meet all the listed water quality parameters such as trihalomethanes, microbials, etc.
Your water supply is safe and is in full compliance with all water quality parameters. The future water quality parameters will be more stringent. The citizens of Lawton need to support the necessary water treatment improvements required to meet the future more stringent water quality parameters. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Smith at 580-581-3410.
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Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly persons and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care provider, Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control. Guidelines on appropriate means to lesson the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Information Collection Rule
Our utility participated in a major drinking water quality testing program called the Information Collection Rule (ICR). One of the contaminants we're testing for is the parasite Cryptosporidium which has caused outbreaks of intestinal disease in the U.S. and overseas. It is common in surface water, very hard to kill, and even a well-run water system may contain some live parasites. The EPA is working to resolve several scientific issues that will allow it to set Cryptosporidium safety standards. Our testing performed during 1998 revealed no presence of Cryptosporidium, therefore no precaution about our drinking water is currently needed for the general public.
Call the Lawton Water Treatment Plant for information about the next opportunity for public participation in decisions about our drinking water at 580-529-2703.