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Posted on: January 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Temporary Modification of Disinfectant Used in Drinking Water

The City of Ormond Beach Utilities Division will temporarily modify the disinfectant used for the City’s potable (drinking) water system. Beginning February 5 through February 26, 2018, disinfection of the water distribution system will be performed with application of free chlorine (a stronger disinfectant) rather than chloramines (a longer-lasting disinfectant comprised of combined chlorine-ammonia).

This temporary disinfectant conversion, in conjunction with a coordinated flushing exercise, is a common practice for enhancing the effectiveness and reliability of disinfection in water distribution systems and is recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection. The normal use of the chloramines disinfectant will resume upon completion of the conversion period.

During this period the water continues to be of the highest quality and totally safe to drink. Customers may experience a slight difference in the taste and odor of the water as a result of the alternate disinfectant used. 

Customers on dialysis using proportioning machines to prepare dialysate are advised to contact their physician to obtain the appropriate steps to accommodate this change in water disinfectant use.  Customers having fish tanks or aquatic species are advised to contact a professional aquarist to minimize any adverse effects on these items associated with chlorine. 

Please call the City of Ormond Beach Public Works Department with any questions concerning the information contained in this notice at (386) 676-3220.

--Utilities Division

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