Water System Maintenance
Periodically, the method of water treatment for the City of Tampa and its wholesale customers is temporarily modified as part of a routine water system maintenance program. During the maintenance period, customers may notice a slight change to the taste and odor of their drinking water resulting from a change from chloramine to chlorine disinfection.
The next routine maintenance period is March 16 to April 6, 2020.
While maintenance is in progress, Tampa's drinking water will continue to meet federal and state safety standards. The temporary change in system maintenance helps maintain distribution system water quality and minimize the potential for any future problems.Health officials advise kidney dialysis patients should not be impacted but should contact their dialysis care provider for more information about chlorine treatment. Fish owners should not be affected if they already have a system in place to remove chloramines but should contact local pet suppliers with any questions.
Chlorine was used as the primary disinfectant for Tampa’s drinking water for more than 50 years prior to the switch to chloramine disinfection in the 1980s.
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