|Updated: 5/13 1:05 pm
||Published: 3/15 11:06 am
The City of Broken Arrow is converting the secondary disinfectant used to safeguard the city's drinking water from chlorine to chloramine.
The switch is part of the city’s long-range water supply plan; it will take place on May 15, 2013.
City officials say Chloramine is generally used in larger water distribution systems because it produces a more stable disinfectant than chlorine. This stability results in a longer-lasting residual disinfectant capable of maintaining a more effective concentration at the furthest reaches of a city's distribution system.
"This plan positions the City of Broken Arrow for the future with respect to our community's water needs and our corresponding water supply," said Kenneth Schwab, Director of Engineering & Construction. "Nearly a decade ago, our city leaders began to envision the City of Broken Arrow as a major regional water supplier. The use of chloramine as the secondary disinfectant proves to be the best alternative to meet this goal."
Schwab said the conversion to chloramine will help Broken Arrow meet the EPA's stricter Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule, which went into effect in 2012.
Many larger communities in Oklahoma also utilize chloramine as their secondary disinfectant, including Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman, and Stillwater.
"We have done extensive testing and determined that chloramine is the best secondary disinfection method available to help us continue providing water that is safe for our customers and that complies with the new federal standards," said Schwab. "We don't expect residents to see any noticeable change in their water service."
The city will be working with several specific groups of water customers to assist them with this transition. Kidney dialysis patients and renal center staff will need to make adjustments for chloramine in the water as they currently do for chlorine. Fish owners also will need to neutralize the chloramine in fish aquariums, tanks and ponds.
As parts of its education campaign, the City of Broken Arrow will be holding informational meetings throughout the city for residents.
Residents may call the City with questions at 918-893-6800, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.brokenarrowok.gov to learn more about chloramine and the City's water supply system.