BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If your water at home smells, feels and tastes like the water in your pool, it is not your imagination. Palm Beach County Water is in the process of chlorinating water in the region — an annual process meant to cleanse pipes and disinfect the system.
According to Palm Beach County Water Utilties:
To maintain high water quality in the County’s water distribution system, Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water. The County will be using a somewhat stronger disinfection process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual from July 16 to August 16, 2012. The County will also increase hydrant flushing during this time. This is a preventative maintenance process.
Customers served by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.
If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.
Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as
the method for removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.
This process will not affect Glades Utility Authority customers in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay.
Should you need more information on this change in the water treatment process, please call the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department at (561) 740-4600, option #3.