TULSA - Empirical evidence of adverse reactions to chloramine in Tulsa's water supply continues to be reported, but city officials remain convinced it's a safe, effective secondory disinfection agent.
The city switched to a chloramine-based system last August, and the City of Broken Arrow confirms to KRMG that it will make the switch in May.
Colleen says she and her family have seen a number of symptoms crop up since the change.
"Pretty immediately, like once the conversion began, our skin changed," she said. "Our skin just started getting very dry, as if it was winter skin, but in the summer, which has never happened before to us."
She noted that her hair changed, and another woman also texted KRMG to say she was using water brought in from out of state to rinse her hair after showering.
More seriously, Colleen said, she has experienced "chronic itchy, teary, watery eyes."
She also says she has asthma, and the chloramine, she believes, makes her symptoms worse.
"I have noticed that occasionally when I get a hot shower or hot bath, I get tight in the lungs and I have to use an inhaler, which has never happened before."
Another woman told KRMG the water seriously upsets her daughter's stomach.
She says they only drink bottled water at the home, but anytime they're out and drink the city's water the girl suffers.
Rick Hudson, Chairman of the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority, says the authority members are naturally concerned about any possible problems.
However, after years of research, they remain confident that they've made the best choice for the city and its residents.
KRMG will report more on our conversation with Mr. Hudson on Monday.