Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department to Flush Lines with Chlorine Starting January 16
Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process. This will maintain high water quality in the county’s water distribution system. A somewhat stronger disinfection process will be used. This will produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual. It will happen from January 16 – 31. The county will also increase hydrant flushing during this time. This is a preventive maintenance process.
Customers served by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water. These are temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.
Keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours. This allows the chlorine to dissipate if you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine.
The following should seek professional advice.
- Users of home dialysis machines,
- owners of tropical fish
- managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks
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 #1.