NOTICE from the City of Tampa Water Department

11/29/16

The Tampa Water Department is modifying its disinfection method for customers south of Gandy Boulevard between Dec. 5 and Dec. 21. During this period, water distributed in that area will be converted from chloramine to chlorine disinfection. This temporary conversion is a standard water system maintenance measure to optimize water quality without the loss of millions of gallons of drinking water via system flushing.

Customers in the affected area may notice a slight difference in the taste and odor of their drinking water while chlorine is in use. The level of chlorine will be 2.5 to 3.5 milligrams per liter for most customers. This is the same level of chlorine used to treat Tampa’s drinking water for more than 50 years prior to converting to chloramine disinfection in the 1980s.

During the treatment period, the water department will conduct daily testing to monitor water quality and assess the effectiveness of the temporary change in disinfection method.

Health officials advise that kidney dialysis patients should be not impacted by the chlorine treatment but anyone with special health concerns is encouraged to contact their health care provider with questions about their health care.

Individuals who keep fish for a hobby who already have a system in place to remove chloramines from tank or pond water should not be affected. Questions about aquarium maintenance during the temporary treatment period should be referred to local pet care providers.

For more information, contact City of Tampa Utilities at (813) 274-7400 or visit TampaGov.net/watermaintenance.

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