TULSA, Oklahoma –The city of Tulsa will host nine open houses to help educate residents about the city's water system, including water treatment, processing, tap water, and the upcoming conversion from chlorine to chloramines disinfection.
Residents can learn firsthand about the city's water system with interactive displays from Water and Sewer Department employees. Special children's activities will also be included.
"We encourage all Tulsans to take advantage of this opportunity to talk casually with City officials and learn about the water they use daily," said Clayton Edwards, director of the Water and Sewer Department for the City of Tulsa. "Residents can see how the water moves from our lakes to their tap and why we are transitioning to chloramine disinfection."
Tulsa is switching its secondary water disinfectant from chlorine to chloramines to meet stricter regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. The transition will take place in November. The new EPA regulations go into effect in 2012.
Two groups affected by the conversion include dialysis patients and fish owners. Chloramine, like chlorine, must be removed from the water before entering dialysis machines and fish tanks or ponds.
Medical professionals and Petco representatives will be available at each open house to answer questions about the change dialysis patients and fish owners will need to make in the coming months.
Each open house will be held from 6 – 8 p.m.