Details for Free Chlorine Burn for Englewood Water

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Free Chlorine Burn for Englewood Water District
The Englewood Water District will be conducting a free chlorine burn
for disinfection of the water distribution system beginning October
5, 2021 that will last 30 to 45 days. Flushing and chlorine burns are
routine distribution system maintenance conducted by utilities with
chloramine disinfection. Chlorine burns also reduce the potential future
occurrence of coliform or other types of bacteria in the system. During
this free chlorine burn, the water disinfection process will be changed
from chloramines to free chlorine which is a stronger and fasteracting disinfectant. The fire hydrants will be opened to allow flushing
of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute
the change in disinfectant. Customers may notice open fire hydrants
throughout the service area during this period. At the end of the free
burn, the standard chemicals used for disinfections will be reintroduced
to the system and be returned to normal operating conditions.
Possible Noticeable Effects: It is important to understand that during
this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness
in the water and possibly a chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced,
please run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure
fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Fire hydrant flushing
should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach
customer lines during the process. Discoloration in laundry is also
possible during this time. It is recommended that customers check
for discolored water before adding clothes to their washing machine.
If discolored water appears, customers can set their washing machine
to spin cycle to purge the water, and then refill the machine with clear
water. In addition, customers may wish to purchase and use a cleaning
additive to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur.
Is the Water Safe to Drink? YES, the water is safe to drink throughout
this process and boiling water is not necessary, Customers may notice
a change to the taste and smell from the water and may want to let their
water tap run for several minutes or until the water runs clear. Any odor
and color issues will subside as the flushing is completed. Customers
who use tap water for KIDNEY DIALYSIS at home should properly
monitor their process for complete neutralization of disinfectant residual
and should contact their doctor for more information. Customers using
the water for aquariums should monitor the chlorine residuals.
Why is this burn out necessary? The Englewood Water District routinely
collects samples and monitors the water quality. Our staff is tasked
with ensuring that water in all points of the system is acceptable to our
customers. Over time minerals and metals, which are naturally present
in water sources, can increase and attach to pipes and release when
there are changes in pressure, resulting in discoloration, odor or affected
taste. Other processes such as nitrification and the growth of biofilm can
also occur in water distribution pipes. The biofilm growth can cause a
reduction in the effectiveness of residual disinfectants over time. This
free chlorine burn will help cleanse the lines, reduce the occurrence of
nitrification and biofilm, and ensure that we provide quality water for
the citizens.
During normal business hours residents may call Water Operations
Manager, Dewey Futch at 941-474-3217 with any questions concerning
the free chlorine burn. After regular business hours, call 941-474-3217
and call-out personnel will address your call. The Englewood Water
District appreciates the patience and understanding of its residents as it
works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.
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