Ardmore residents will have a letter from the Ardmore Public Works Division waiting in their mailboxes in the next few days regarding the clarity of water.
The letter stems from a January 2016 issue with the turbidity of the water in Ardmore. Turbidity is a measurement used in testing water quality and is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid by the number of individual particulars. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality informed Ardmore of the issue in January 2016 and the problem was resolved last year.
Shawn Geurin, director of Ardmore Public Works Division, said the problem occurred when the city was switching water sources and the initial readings from the new water source were high, causing the turbidity for the month to be 1 percent
higher than the requirement (the reading was at 6 percent, while the reading is suppose to have no more than 5 percent).
Geurin said water customers and residents shouldn’t worry about the letter and no action is required of the residents.
“This is not a case where anyone needs to boil or anything like that,” Geurin said indicating that if bacteria levels or something else serious is wrong with the water residents are notified immediately. The reason the turbidity notice is coming a year after its discovery is because DEQ has a process for the issue and that process takes about a year before being notified. Geurin said the Ardmore Public Works, upon being notified of the issue, then submits a report of how they fixed the problem to DEQ and then releases a public notice informing residents that the issue occurred, which is reviewed by DEQ before being released.
Geurin said when any issue, no matter how minor or important, arises with water a public notice is sent out. The notice Ardmoreites will receive simply explains last year’s turbidity issue and how the issue was resolved. Geurin said the letter isn’t a concern for citizens.
“There’s no reason to boil or anything like that,” he emphasized. “This is just a way we keep everyone in the loop.”
Geurin said the nearly 10,000 letters should begin arriving to customers today and early next week. Any residents with concerns can call Geurin’s office for more details at (580) 221-5445.