The City of Stillwater is warning residents against what city officials are calling scare tactics to sell home water filters.

City Manager Norman McNickle told the News Press he was alerted to a resident who found a note sticking for the front door claiming to be from the Public Health Advisory Water Awareness Program of Oklahoma. The note warns of contaminated water and directs the home owner to call a 981 area code number for free testing.

McNickle called the number provided and told the man who answered he had received the notice. The man told McNickle his company was offering free home tests to see if the water at the home is affected. He said the main problem was overchlorination in Stillwater’s water supply. McNickle told the man Stillwater does not use chlorine, and the man then said it was chloramine and other contaminants. The man on the other end of the phone directed McNickle to ewg.org, a site for nonprofit Environmental Working Group, to find levels of chemicals outside of health regulations. The site does provide users with levels from previous reports, but states that “For the latest quarter assessed by the EPA (July 2018 - September 2018), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.”

The man speaking to McNickle finally said his company would be able to provide him with a water filter, the sales pitch that was always intended according to City of Stillwater PIO Sherry Fletcher.

Fletcher wrote in a release that any questions or concerns about drinking water should be directed to the city before making any purchases to the utility assistance number, 405-372-3292.

City of Stillwater water quality reports are published to the City’s website at http://stillwater.org/document-center.

“Providing safe, clean drinking water is one of the most important services the City provides to our residents,” Fletcher wrote. “We are always willing to speak with you and to answer any questions you might have.”

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