Monroe Water System returns to use of Chloramines as Disinfectant

Water System Manger, Sean Benton announces that the City of Monroe Water System will return to using chloramines as its routine disinfectant on Monday, February 4, 2019. Water Treatment personnel successfully injected pure chlorine into the distribution system as a preventive measure for the past three months. The process has ensured that the water system is and will continuously stay free of any threatening contaminants.

During the changeover process customers may notice open fire hydrants throughout the city during this period and possibly overflowing water storage tanks and towers. The fire hydrants will be opened to allow a flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes; and, to also distribute the change in disinfectant. Overflowing water storage tanks and towers further aid in the flushing process.

Possible Noticeable Effects: It is important to understand that during this change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced, you may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Fire hydrant flushing should remove much of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process.

Is the Water Safe to Drink? Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process. Any odor and color issues will only be a nuisance, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at the City of Monroe Water Distribution office, located at 1350 Grammont Street. Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and total chlorine residuals.

Should you have any questions are concern contact 318-329-2386.

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