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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Public Water System Disinfection Change Coming February 1

In order to help improve overall water quality, the City of Temple’s public water system will temporarily convert the disinfectant used in the distribution system from chloramine to free chlorine. The conversion will begin on February 1st and continue through February 28th. During this period, water customers may experience taste and odor changes associated with this type of temporary disinfectant conversion, with the water remaining safe to drink.
 
Public water systems are required to properly disinfect their water and maintain an adequate disinfectant residual in the distribution system. Chloramine, which is free chlorine combined with ammonia, is widely used as a disinfectant because it persists for long periods while also limiting the formation of disinfection by-product contaminants. However, occasional temporary conversions to free chlorine, partnered with flushing activities, helps to rid distribution pipes of any organic matter and improve long-term water quality.
 
The City of Temple will convert back to using chloramine in March, and any water changes experienced by residents should return to normal. Customers who have questions about the temporary disinfection change should contact the City of Temple’s Public Works Department at 254-298-5621 or the Water Treatment Plant at 254-298-5940.


Media Contact:
Laurie Simmons
Public Relations Manager
(O) 254.298.5617
(C) 254.217.5853
lsimmons@templetx.gov


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