This week Claremore residents received a mailer with some important information about their drinking water.
The city issued a letter about their monitoring for the presence of drinking water contaminants.
"Our water system recently violated drinking water standards. Although this was not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation," the first line of the letter said.
Essentially, the letter said the City of Claremore has levels of total Trihalomethanes above the drinking water standards.
The testing results were received for the third quarter of 2016 through the second quarter of 2017.
The standard for total Trihalomethanes is 0.080mg/l and the total averaged in Claremore's system was 0.085 and 0.082 mg/l.
"What should I do? There is nothing you need to do unless you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant or are elderly. These people may be at an increased risk and should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking water," the city said. "What does this mean? This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. However, some people who drink water containing Trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over 30 years and 1,000 galls of water daily may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system and may have an increased risk of getting cancer."
It wasn't long after the letters were sent out that the city took to Facebook to dispel some rumors they were hearing in response to the letters.
"Our levels at almost all sites are below the Federal guidelines, but averaged out they are barely over, by .005 and .002 ppm (parts per million) or mg/L (milligrams per liter). 1 mg/L would be about 1 cup in an Olympic size swimming pool. The locations detected 5 and 2 one thousandths of 1 mg/L over the Federal regulation, we are talking about less than a couple drops in an Olympic size swimming pool of the TTHM's," the city posted on Facebook.
"Also note that the State Government says it "may" have issues. Also as the letter states you would need to drink 1,000 gallons a day over 30 years for this "chance" of a health concern. Bacon has a better chance of causing cancer than this."
The letter mailed by the city outlines how the violation happened.
Trihalomethanes are formed when disinfectants, like chlorine, react with natural organic matter in water and water age increase reaction time, they said.
"Currently we are in the process of installing mixers and aeration in water towers, expanding the capacity of the water plant, and we have also increased hydrant flushing to help in the effort to reduce water age," the letter said. "The City of Claremore has been active in attempting to reduce TTHMs in the distribution system. This multi-faceted approach should bring the levels down in the distribution system."
Some citizens commented sharing their concerns over what they see as an ongoing problem in the city.
In their final message to the public the city's Facebook summarizes in saying: "So please don't panic. Stay calm, your water is safe to drink.