Chlorine Taste in Water

by Gregg Oldberg | Sep 18, 2017

To maintain high water quality in the drinking water distribution system, Broward County has begun its semi-annual disinfection process, called free Chlorination, on September 8, 2017. This period was started early due to the approach of Hurricane Irma. This process will continue as the semi-annual Free Chlorination for District 2 and will end that process in approximately thirty (30) days. Since free chlorination works more effectively with hydrant flushing, residents will see an increase in hydrant flushing activity during the same period.

Customers served by the City of Coconut Creek may notice a chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions should not cause adverse health effects; however, if you are 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.

Persons currently undergoing dialysis or with a compromised immune system should consult their health care provider to determine whether the change in disinfection will affect their treatment. In addition, anyone who has a fish tank or pond, including grocery stores and restaurants with lobster tanks and fish containers at bait shops, that use city water should contact a pet or aquarium professional to determine the need for any adjustments to their aquarium treatment procedures.

Please note that it takes approximately two weeks for the chlorine to clear from the system so the taste and odor changes may be present up to 14 days beyond the end of this Free Chlorination process.

For questions please call at 954-973-6786. Thank you.

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