Here’s Why Your House Smells Like A Holiday Inn Indoor Pool

palm beach county water utilitiesBOCA RATON, FL ( — Does your house smell like the indoor pool at a cheap motel? Here’s why. Palm Beach County is flushing the water system with chlorine over the next few weeks. It’s an annual process that is overall harmless, but does create that wonderful odor that has “small town motel” written all over it.

So pull out your plastic cups sealed in a plastic bag and read this from Palm Beach County:

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 use a somewhat stronger disinfection process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual from July 14 to August 4, 2014. 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 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.

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  2 comments for “Here’s Why Your House Smells Like A Holiday Inn Indoor Pool

  1. Jeanette Gagne
    July 18, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 AM

    I think your reference to Holiday Inn’s cheap motel pools is going to cause you some trouble. You might strongly consider withdrawing this. But right now, I’m dying laughing at the nerve.


  2. July 19, 2014 12:21 am at 12:21 AM

    The reason your house is going to stink is not from the chlorine exactly, but from the chemical soup they are making to change from chloramine to chlorine. They have to add WAY more chlorine than they usually would to make this switch. You’ve been exposed to chloramine, a combination of ammonia and chlorine. It’s a crappy disinfectant* that allows disgusting slime to build up in the pipes. Doesn’t happen with chlorine. So they switch to chlorine to clean out the pipes. Guess where that slime goes? Out your taps in your home.

    Plus chloramine causes skin, respiratory and digestive health effects, some life threatening, in a significant portion of the population exposed to it in drinking water. Learn more at this website.

    * “Monochloramine [the species of chloramine chosen to disinfect drinking water] is about 2000 and 100 000 times less effective than free chlorine for the inactivation of E.coli and rotaviruses respectively.” (World Health Organization Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality Vol.2, 1996, Chapter 16)

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