Report: Company didn’t properly disinfect water for one Oklahoma town for more than 300 days

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HUGO, Okla. - Residents from the town of Hugo say they have been worried about the quality of their drinking water for months.

On June 9, the Department of Environmental Quality issued Severn Trent, the company that the city contracts to run its water treatment plant, three Notices of Violation.

Those violations were issued for Severn Trent's turbidity treatment technique, monitoring and reporting violations, total trihalomethanes violation and a construction and operational violation.

According to The Journal Record, Hugo residents were potentially exposed to deadly viruses and bacteria because Severn Trent didn't use the most basic water disinfecting chemical.

The record's report discovered that Severn Trent didn't use enough chlorine for more than 300 days over the course of two years.

Now, the DEQ says the water quality meets state and federal standards. However, residents say it is still discolored when it comes out of the faucet.

Officials with Severn Trent say they have corrected the mistake and changed personnel and operating procedures at the plant.

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