Tecumseh Utility Authority
The City of Tecumseh is a Public Power Community operating under a public trust designated as The Tecumseh Utility Authority (TUA). TUA was established June 4, 1959 for the comprehensive purpose of furnishing and supplying utility services and facilities to the city.
Electric Department, Supervisor
Line Maintenance, Supervisor Greg Davis
Water Treatment, Supervisor Justin Lewis
Wastewater Treatment, Veolia Contract
DEPOSITS FOR NEW SERVICE
Water Only $50.00
Homeowners Electric & Water $200.00
Renters Electric & Water $250.00
Add $25.00 Service Charge to each of the above deposits.
Credit References are required for new service.
The Utility Department is located within The Tecumseh City Hall, 114 N Broadway
Office Hours 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Emergency Only, After Hours Call:
Payments can be made after hours in the drop box
located at the front of City Hall.
Dear Water Customer:
The City of Tecumseh/Tecumseh Utility Authority regularly samples and tests its water supplies to insure that the water it provides is safe and of high quality. We want our customers to be fully informed of any potential problems or issues with the water we provide. In addition to our desire to keep you fully informed, State and Federal law require the City/Utility authority to notify our customers in the event any other sampling and testing reveals any problems.
Some of the samples of drinking water that we submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for testing disclosed excess levels of lead. This is a serious matter that you need to be made aware of. The City/Utility Authority later collected samples from the same locations for testing by an independent laboratory, and all the samples tested below the levels permitted.
We are sending the attached notice in compliance with Federal and State law and to keep you informed. Please review the attached information very carefully and contact us at 405-273-4171 or visit Tecumseh City Hall, 114 N. Broadway, Tecumseh, Oklahoma, if you have any questions.
IMPORTANT Information ABOUT LEAD IN YOUR DRINKING WATER
Tecumseh Utility Authority found elevated levels of lead in the drinking water in some homes buildings. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Please read this information closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water.
Health effects of lead. Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother's bones, which may affect brain development.
Lead is a common metal found throughout the environment in lead based paint, air, soil, household dust, food, certain types of pottery porcelain and pewter, and water. Lead seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like rivers and lakes. Lead enters drinking water
primarily as a result of the corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and household
plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass and chrome plated brass faucets, and in some cases, pipes made of lead that connect your house to the water main service line). Faucets, fittings, pipes and solder can also contain lead, even though they are classified as "lead-free" or "low lead". When water stands in lead pipes or plumbing systems containing lead for several hours or more, the lead may dissolve into your drinking water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning, or later in the afternoon after returning from work or school, can contain fairly high levels of lead. Other sources of lead are paint manufactured/applied before 1978, soil, household dust, sailor dust (from your workplace), old painted toys and furniture, food and liquids stored in lead crystal, lead glazed pottery or lead glazed porcelain, lead in the air from lead smelters and other industries, hobbies that use lead such as making pottery, stained glass or refurnishing furniture.
To find out whether you need to take action in your own home, have your drinking water tested to determine if it contains excessive
concentrations of lead. Testing the water is essential because you cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water. For more information
on having your water tested, please call Justin Lewis at 405-273-4171 or visit Tecumseh City Hall, 114 N. Broadway, Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
You can take the following precautions to reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water:
Let the water run from the tap before using it for drinking or cooking any time the water in a faucet has gone unused for more than six
hours. The longer water resides in your home's plumbing the more lead it may contain. Flushing the tap means running the cold water faucet until the water gets noticeably colder, usually about 15-30 seconds. If your house has a lead service line to the water main, you
may have to flush the water for a longer time, perhaps one minute, before drinking. Although toilet flushing or showering flushes water
through a portion of your home's plumbing system, you still need to flush the water in each faucet before using it for drinking or cooking. Flushing tap water is a simple and inexpensive measure you can take to protect your family's health.
Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap. DO NOT USE HOT WATER FROM THE FAUCET TO PREPARE BABY FORMULA. Hot water can dissolve more lead more quickly than cold water. If you need hot water, draw water from the cold tap and heat it on the stove. Please note: BOILING WATER DOES NOT REMOVE LEAD FROM DRINKING WATER.
Remove loose lead solder and debris from the plumbing materials installed in newly constructed homes, or homes in which the plumbing has recently been replaced, by removing the faucet strainers from all taps and running the water from 3 to 5 minutes. Thereafter, periodically remove the strainers and flush out any debris that has accumulated over time.
Determine whether or not the service line that connects your home to the water main is made of lead. 111e best way to determine if your service line is made of lead is by either hiring a licensed plumber to inspect the line or by contacting the plumbing contractor who installed the line. A licensed plumber can at the same time check to see if your home's plumbing contains lead solder, lead pipes, or pipe fittings that contain lead.
Have an electrician check your wiring. If grounding wires from the electrical system are attached to your pipes, corrosion may be greater. DO NOT attempt to change the wiring yourself because improper grounding can cause
electrical shock and fire hazards.
The steps described above will reduce the lead concentrations in your drinking water. However, IF you decide to have a test run on the water corning from your tap, All the water test indicates that the drinking water coming from your tap after flushing contains lead concentrations in excess of 0.015 mgJL (or 15 Ijg/L), then you may want to take the following additional measures:
Purchase or lease a home treatment device. Horne treatment devices are limited in that each unit treats only the water that flows from the faucet to which it is connected, and all of the devices require periodic maintenance and replacement. Devices such as reverse osmosis systems or distillers can effectively remove lead from your drinking water. Some activated carbon filters may reduce lead levels at the tap, however all lead reduction claims should be investigated. Be sure to check the actual performance of a specific home treatment device before and after installing the unit.
Consider the purchase of water from other sources such as commercial providers or bottled water for drinking and cooking.
If you are concerned about lead levels in your child, consult your doctor for advice on testing your children. A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead. Your doctor can explain what the test results mean and if more testing will be needed.
Under Federal law we are required to have a program in place to minimize lead in your drinking water within four years of the initial lead and/or copper action level exceedance. This program includes water sample testing, corrosion control treatment, source water treatment, and public education.
For more information, call us at Justin Lewis at 405-273-4171. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead, visit EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.gov/lead or contact your health care provider.