Lawton water quality report released

Lawton water quality report released

LAWTON, Okla._The City of Lawton has released its yearly water quality report to more than 100,000 customers and it shows no violations in 2014.

A number of citizens say they care about what is in their water, because they drink it on a daily basis.

Lawton resident Robert Doss saw the water quality report for the first time Friday. He says he cares about the water quality, because it drinks it regularly.

"I mean, you are taking it in for your own self and your family and you have to care about what you place inside of you because there are chemicals in everything nowadays, you know? It makes a person kind of leery," said Doss.

Doss says he has only lived in Lawton about six months, but he can tell the difference in the water's taste from the town he moved from.

"It doesn't feel like there are any additives, because a lot of times you have a metallic aftertaste in some waters and I haven't experienced that here," said Doss.

Lawton assistant director of water Afsaneh Jabbar says one thing most people want to know is if the water contains any bacteria that could be harmful to those with lowered immune systems.

"Especially those who have health issues, so they can contact their physician and let them know what is in the water in case there needs to be some adjustments to their medication," explained Jabbar.

The EPA declares water safe if bacteria levels are 5 percent or lower. Lawton's water contains just 1 percent. Jabbar says recent rains have also changed the water quality because they don't have to add as many chemicals to it.

"The water quality was so impacted by drought that we had to use more chemicals to compensate for the quality. Since we have received rain and the quality is better than it was, our chemical demand has gone down," said Jabbar.

In 2014, the City of Lawton stopped adding fluoride to its water, so the fluoride you see on the report is the natural amount. Also, they decreased the amount of chemicals used to depress the acidity in the water by 15 percent.

You can read over the 2014 results here.

Since the water restrictions have been removed, Monday was the first time water demand has increased above 17-and-a-half million gallons per day since 2014.