Oklahoma community files federal lawsuit against companies accused of contaminating water

Water from a faucet

Water from a faucet

BETHANY, Okla. – A metro community has filed a federal lawsuit against two companies accused of contaminating groundwater.

According to the lawsuit that was filed on Aug. 31, the City of Bethany alleges that Rockwell Automation, Inc. and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation learned in 2008 that the groundwater near their facilities had been contaminated.

City leaders say the water was contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals including Trichloroethene and Tetrachlorothene.

However, officials say the companies did not notify city leaders about the contamination until 2012.

Since that time, Bethany has purchased water from Oklahoma City.

Now, the city is seeking damages to cover the cost of importing the water, as well as treating and monitoring the wells.

“The city has taken numerous steps to solve this problem as expeditiously as possible, and one of these steps has been the filing of a lawsuit against the negligent companies that polluted our water and kept it secret for years,” said Mayor Bryan Taylor. “We are also diligently testing Bethany water to confirm that pollutants are not entering the public supply system, and right now the drinking water coming out of our faucets meets or exceeds all requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies.”

City leaders say they have also drilled several monitoring wells to detect any new pollution.

In addition, the city has been conducting frequent tests of its clean drinking water in order to ensure that it meets all federal and state regulations.