October 14, 2019 - The City of Huxley is conducting a free chlorine burnout of its water distribution system. The burnout began on Monday, September 23rd, 2019. This event will last a maximum of 30 days.
Currently the City of Huxley uses chloramines for disinfection of the drinking water. Chloramines are created by combining chlorine and ammonia. During this free chlorine burn, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice increased flushing throughout the water distribution system during this time period, and possibly the following free chlorine burnout.
This will allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant.
It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced, customers may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Flush valves should remove a majority 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 be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur. 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 combined chlorine residuals.
During normal business hours residents may call 936-368-2633 or 936-368-2266 with any questions concerning the free chlorine burnout. The City of Huxley Water Utilities Department appreciates residents’ patience and understanding as it works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.