The City's water supply comes from Kaw Lake, which is located approximately ten miles east of Ponca City in Kay County. Kaw Lake surface water is transported to the City's treatment facility located at 1022 West Yost Road. In 2017, the City of Stillwater's Water Treatment Plant (WTP) supplied more than 2.3 billion gallons of clean drinking water to the Stillwater citizens, five rural water districts, and several mobile home communities in Payne and Noble Counties.
Raw water is treated through physical and chemical processes. The physical processes we use include: mixing, flocculation, clarification and filtration. Chemicals are added to the process for various reasons:
Aluminum Sulfate helps the fine particles combine into larger particles that become heavy and settle to the bottom of the settling basin.
Calcium Oxide (Lime) is a softening chemical that causes dissolved hardness particles to precipitate and settle to the bottom of the settling basin.
Ozone is used as a disinfection chemical and improves taste and odor.
Chloramines are used as a disinfection residual in the distribution system.
Fluoride is added to the finished water to improve oral health.
WTP staff routinely collect and analyze water samples throughout the treatment process. For example, turbidity is tested four times a day on the raw water coming into the plant and six times a day on the finished water leaving the plant.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality require routine monitoring for certain parameters. Results of these tests are submitted monthly to ODEQ. Some parameters listed below are analyzed less frequently than once per year, according to the required sampling schedule. The most recent data is reported for those.
All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some elements. These may be microbes, organic chemicals, radioactive or other materials. It is important to remember that the presence of these elements does not necessarily pose a health risk.
The tables below show the results for parameters analyzed from January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017.
Action Level (AL) - The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per Liter (ug/L) - One part of contaminant per billion parts of water.
Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per Liter (mg/L) - One part of contaminant per millions part of water.
No Detection (ND) - The contaminant was not detected in the sample.
|Disinfection By-Products Rules Stage 2||Violations|
|Total Organic Carbon||None|
|Parameter||Action Level*||90% Sample Detected||Violations|
*Action Level - 90% of samples must be below this level
|Analyte / Unit||Jan.13||Feb.10||Mar.9||Apr.13||May11||Jun.8||Jul.14||Aug.10||Sep.14||Oct.12||Nov.9||Dec.14|
|Cryptosporidium, oocysts / L||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND|
|Giardia, cysts / L||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND||ND|
|E. Coli, MPD / 100mL||2.0||3.0||12.1||2.0||4.1||35.0||<1||<1||40.4||7.4||7.4||60.5|
|Turbidity / NTUs||19.1||19.9||11.0||7.12||10.8||63.5||40.52||24.3||128||44.1||19.6||8.1|
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons, such persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. Environmental Protection Agency/Center for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791.
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We are responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but we cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to two minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.