CLEVELAND, Okla. - Quick facts:
- City officials say those who drink the water in Cleveland, Oklahoma, could experience health problems.
- They say they are working to clean the water.
- They say residents do not need to opt for bottled water.
The water in Cleveland, Oklahoma, could pose a major health risk for those drinking it.
The city has high levels of total trihalomethanes (TTHM) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) that are three times above drinking water standards.
The discovery comes after the city received testing results for July 2016 through June 2017.
Although the city says residents don’t need to opt for the alternative, bottled water, the city says some people who drink the water may experience problems with their liver, kidneys or central nervous system, and they may even see an increased risk of getting cancer.
Residents and business owners tell FOX23 they received letters from the city informing them about the water.
They say they don’t drink or cook with the water, because it smells like bleach and taste like dirt.
The city sent a letter to residents saying that they are working on cleaning the water. They have not specified when that work will be completed.
The city says this issue arose as a result of decaying vegetation in the water that found its way in to the water source.
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