Chlorine to Temporarily Disinfect SP Water
The Southern Pines Water Department will temporarily change the method of disinfection used in its public water supply beginning Oct. 15.
The town normally uses chloramine, a mixture of ammonia and chlorine, to disinfect water. Beginning Monday, Oct. 15, and until Thursday, Nov. 15, the town will be using chlorine only, also known as "free chlorine," a news release said.
The periodic and temporary conversion from chloramines to free chlorine, which is a normal procedure for water systems, ensures water safety in distribution lines and the highest quality of drinking water, the release said.
Free chlorine is a stronger disinfectant than chloramine. As a result, water users may experience a slight change in the aesthetics of their water during the conversion, including a noticeable "chlorine odor" and slight discoloration. Most symptoms should lessen after the first few weeks and do not affect the safety of the water supply, the release said.
The water department will monitor chlorine levels and water quality standards in the distribution system on a daily basis to ensure the safety of the water and that all state and regulatory standards are met.
Anyone needing more information can call David McKew, water treatment plant superintendent, at (910) 281-4719 or visit the town web-site at www.southernpines.net and go to the town services, public works, water treatment plant page and click on frequently asked questions.
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