TULSA - When Tulsa converted its water treatment system to chloramine in 2012, some people reported dry skin, digestive problems, even some breathing issues during or after taking a shower.
But the city, and the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority, stand by the decision to make the switch, which they say was cost effective and has proven safe.
Now, the City of Skiatook is considering making the switch, and people who fought the conversion in Tulsa plan to try and talk Skiatook out of it.
Jeanine Kinney with Tulsans Against Chloramine tells KRMG they have plenty of evidence that chloramine has caused medical problems for some Tulsans.
"We're in contact with symptom sufferers of all three categories of adverse health effects - the skin, the respiratory, and the digestive - and they are documented," she told KRMG.
Despite a long history of chloramine use in the country, she insists that the jury is out.
"Just because somebody's been doing something for 90-plus years doesn't mean it's safe. There are no studies that prove that chloramine is safe for human consumption, be it drinking, or bathing, or cooking."
She says she's already been in contact with officials in Skiatook, and offered the help of national experts to help them identify an alternative to chloramine that would be safe and cost-effective.idents.
And, Kinney added, they're still working with the TMUA to see if they can effect change here as well.