Broken Arrow informational meetings to prepare residents for conversion from chlorine to chloramine

The City of Broken Arrow has scheduled several informational meetings to prepare residents for the upcoming conversion from chlorine to chloramine. Chloramine will be used as a secondary disinfectant to safeguard the city's drinking water, effective May 15, the city announced Friday.

This is the next step in the city's long-range water supply plan, which was adopted in 2006, city officials said.

Chloramine is said to have been used in the U.S. as a disinfectant for nearly 100 years. The conversion has already been implemented in many larger cities including Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis, as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma, Norman and Stillwater. Local communities of Owasso, Sand Springs, Bixby, Jenks and Glenpool have also converted to chloramine.

The transition will affect several specific groups, city officials said, and the the city is working to education and assist those customers on what adjustments need to be made. Kidney dialysis patients and renal center staff will need to make certain modifications to chloramine in the water, as they do to chlorine. Fish owners are also encouraged to neutralize chloramine in aquariums, tanks and ponds.

Meetings slated to educate residents on the transition include:

 - March 28 (Ward 3) Cedar Ridge Christian Church, 4010 W. New Orleans St.

 - April 11 (Ward 2) Liberty Church, 7777 S. Garnett Rd.

 - April 18 (Ward 1) Heritage United Methodist Church, 5300 E. Kenosha St.

 - April 25 (Ward 4) Indian Springs Baptist Church, 7815 S. Elm Pl.

 - May 2 (At Large) Nienhuis Community Center, 3201 N. Ninth St.

For more information, contact the city at 918-893-6800 or watersupply@brokenarrowok.gov, or visit brokenarrowok.gov.

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