Your Drinking Water May Taste Slightly Different As We All Get Ready For Spring
From late March 20 through the end of April local water works departments add a disinfectant into the water supply that will temporarily switch chloramine to chlorine, as part of routine cleaning of the drinking water systems around the country. Reservoir and aqueduct crews typically will also add a corrosion control inhibitor at this time to prevent the potential release of lead in system pipes.
During the spring cleaning, Water, Sewer, and Streets Departments in many municipalities continually monitor chlorine levels and conduct system-wide flushing. Well into the summer months water departments also start systematically flushing fire hydrants.
Business and home owners should take special precautions to remove chloramine from tap water. By simply running the cold water tap for a few minutes then fill up a pitcher and place in the refrigerator will generally remove any chlorine taste and odor typically found during this time of year.
Drinking clean, filtered water protects the body from disease and leads to overall greater health.
Any dialysis centers, medical facilities and homeowners who have any aquatic pets, should continue to take the same precautions during the temporary switch to chlorine during the Spring. Water filters are also effective for reducing chlorine taste and odor. Individuals with special health concerns should consult a healthcare provider on the use of tap water.
The county’s drinking water standards are set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about your water by visiting the EPA’s annual water quality report which is released in May.
For more information, please contact the appropriate local water authority.
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