— — MANY, La – The town of Many will be conducting their second chlorine burnout on April 1st to ensure all pipes are sanitized.
According to the City of Many Water System,
“City of Many Water System monitors the disinfectant residual in the distribution system on a daily basis. This measurement tells us whether we are effectively disinfecting the water supply. The disinfectant residual is the amount of chlorine or chloramines in the distribution system. Chlorine and chloramines are common disinfectants used by water suppliers to kill bacteria in drinking water; therefor, if the disinfectant residual is too low, microorganisms can potentially grow in the distribution piping.
In order to provide the most effective disinfection process, the City of Many Water System is making a temporary change in the type of disinfectant used in the water supply. It is typical for water systems that use chloramines to temporarily change to chlorine in order to clean water pipes and provide a reliable disinfectant residual throughout all points in the distribution system. Free chlorine is proven to be more effective in killing organisms within the pipes of the distribution system. “
This temporary switch is scheduled for April 1, 2021 through June 1, 2021. If a longer duration is required, then chlorine will continue to be used as long as necessary.
The City of Many Water system says that they will be changing the distribution system disinfectant from chloramines to free chlorine. Although the level of disinfectant will remain the same, the type of disinfectant will change. And they will continue to monitor the chlorine levels throughout the water system.
Residents do not need to boil their water or take other actions beyond what is being done. This is not an emergency.
Residents should note that during the switch they may notice a “chlorine taste and/or odor in their drinking water.” However, the levels of chlorine will continue to “meet the EPA standards” and do not pose a health risk. The following can help with the taste or smell of chlorine according to the City of Many Water System:
-Run the cold water tap for several minutes when water is not used for several days.
-Collect and refrigerate cold tap water in an open pitcher. Be sure to collect water after running the cold water tap for two minutes. Within a few hours, the chlorine taste and odor will disappear.
-Water filters can reduce chlorine taste and smell. Be sure to use a filter certified to meet National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards and replace the filter cartridge as recommended by the manufacturer.
Residents who typically take special precautions to remove chloramine from tap water , such as dialysis centers, medical facilities, and aquatic pet owners, should continue to take the same precautions during the temporary switch to chlorine. Most methods for removing chloramine from tap water are effective in removing chlorine.
SOURCE: Town Of Many Water System