Our city’s top priority is to provide clean, good tasting water to its customers. Tulsa water is safe to drink and free of bacteria and harmful substances. City chemists and plant operators test the water when it enters the pipes at our source water lakes. They continue to monitor the water throughout treatment and distribution. When the water leaves the treatment plant and flows toward Tulsa’s homes and businesses, it not only meets, but surpasses all federal requirements for public health standards.
Rainwater flows downhill both over the land and under the ground to collect in streams and in our lakes. As water travels to our lakes, it dissolves minerals naturally found in rocks and soil. The water can also pick up harmful materials like pesticides, herbicides and bacteria left in and on the ground after human or animal activity.
Tulsa’s drinking water comes from three lakes in northeastern Oklahoma: (1) Lake Oologah on the Verdigris River (in Rogers and Nowata counties), (2) Lakes Spavinaw and Eucha on Spavinaw Creek (in Mayes and Delaware counties), and (3) Lake Hudson on the Neosho River (in Mayes County). Water samples from the lakes are analyzed to determine our source water quality.
Water flows from the source lakes through pipes to Tulsa’s two water treatment plants, where it is treated to meet drinking water and public health standards. City chemists and plant operators analyzed over 25,000 samples in 2021 to be sure the water supplied to homes and businesses is of the highest quality. This report is a summary of test results from samples taken during 2021.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits how much of a harmful substance is in the public water supply after water treatment. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets similar limits for bottled water.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has studied our source lakes. Their Source Water Assessment showed that human activities could pollute this water. For more information about this study or how the ODEQ works to protect source water, contact ODEQ at (405) 702-8100, or visit them online.
Important Health Information
Drinking water may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as 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. 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), or visit them online.
Which Plant Treats Your Drinking Water?
Water moves through more than 2,200 miles of underground water lines from Tulsa’s treatment plants to water faucets throughout the City of Tulsa. Usually, residents in the north and west portions of Tulsa receive water from the Mohawk plant. Those living in the south and east areas of Tulsa receive water from the A.B. Jewell plant. Both plants serve the central areas of the city. Because of daily changes in supply and demand, both plants can serve all areas of the city when necessary.
For Water Quality Questions or Concerns: Water Quality Assurance (918) 591-4378
For taste and color concerns or line breaks: Water Distribution at (918) 596-9488
For Billing questions: Customer Care at Tulsa311@cityoftulsa.org
For more information, call our office at (918) 596-1824 or write to TMUA, 175 East 2nd Street Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103.