Oklahoma water is disinfecting with a disinfectant that’s so effective, that the state’s top water treatment official is expected to die within the next couple of weeks, the AP reported.
The water treatment expert who oversees Oklahoma’s water supply, Dan Ritter, died Monday in his Oklahoma City home after suffering an infection that could cause him to lose his hearing, the Associated Press reported.
He was 70.
Ritter was a member of the state Water Resources Division since 1997.
His job included monitoring water quality and making recommendations for improving the state supply.
He retired in 2011.
The Associated Press said Ritter had been treated with the disinfectant called nitric acid in the past two years.
A spokesman for the Water Resources Department, Michael C. Gorman, said Riter’s health deteriorated after he had the infection in February and that the department was continuing to treat him.
Gorman did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
The state Water Services Department said it was not clear why the infection began or why it worsened in March.
Rutter was also an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma.
The Associated News previously reported that Ritter was working on water quality issues at the university.
A university spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
Ratter was known as one of the top experts in Oklahoma, overseeing the state water system.
He helped the state develop its first water treatment plant in 1956 and oversaw water supplies and sewer systems for the past 15 years, according to the Associated News.
Ritters family declined to comment on the cause of his death.