City water gets high marks in consumer report

July 7, 2021

Note: This story was updated on May 18, 2022 to omit broken links and provide a direct link to the most recent Consumer Confidence Report.

The 2020 Consumer Confidence Report Report for the City’s water system is now available, Water Utilities Director Terry Lauritsen said recently. In short: The report shows Bartlesville water is safe.

“Each year, Oklahoma municipalities are required to publish an annual report regarding their water system quality,” Lauritsen said. “This report provides details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency and state standards.”

The City of Bartlesville utilizes raw water from three sources: the Caney River, Hulah Lake and the City-owned Hudson Lake, located north and west of Bartlesville. According to the 2020 CCR, local customers used an average of 4.89 million gallons of water a day last year.

“This is pretty consistent with average water use in the past,” Lauritsen said.

Lauritsen said that while drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants, the presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate the water poses a health risk.

“There were no compliance violations for our water system, meaning our water is safe by EPA and state standards,” Lauritsen said. “However, some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population, such as those who are undergoing chemotherapy or have undergone organ transplants, and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly and infants. These people should seek advice from their health care provider.

EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 800.426.4791.

For more information, see the report or call the Water Utilities Department at 918.338.4116.