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Edmond water could change, affecting dialysis patients, aquariums

The city of Edmond might have to buy water from Oklahoma City. Dialysis patients need to be aware because the two water systems use different disinfection systems.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 10, 2013 at 10:40 am •  Published: July 11, 2013

— City officials are warning residents on home dialysis machines that Edmond might have to buy water from Oklahoma City as water usage increases during the hot summer days.

Dialysis patients may have to adjust their medical equipment because Oklahoma City uses a different disinfection system.

Oklahoma City uses chloramines and Edmond uses chlorine for disinfection. Both disinfecting processes meet all state standards and are accepted industrywide.

City officials said most customers will not notice a difference in the taste of the water.

Fish aquariums with filters might require an adjustment because of the chloramines disinfection process. Fish owners are advised to contact a pet store for instructions.

Edmond's primary water sources are Arcadia Lake and well water from the Garber-Wellington aquifer. A backup source is treated water purchased from Oklahoma City.

Waterline connections to Oklahoma City are in the southwest section of Edmond. Customers on the southwest side of Edmond will be the most likely recipients of the Oklahoma City water. Customers and businesses on the east side might receive some of the water as it blends in the distribution system with water produced by Edmond.

Edmond water resource employees are calling hospitals and other medical facilities to advise them of the potential purchase of Oklahoma City water. They also are calling residents who are known to use home kidney dialysis.

Residents are encouraged to advise the water resources department if they have a medical condition that would warrant notification before a change. The telephone number is 216-7675.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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