Marceline, MO -
On Monday March 8, 2021, the City of Marceline in conjunction with the City of
Brookfield and Public Water Supply District Number 3 will be making its ANNUAL
CHANGE FROM CHLORAMINES TO CHLORINE.
Every year, the Cities of Marceline, Brookfield and Public Water Supply District
Number 3 (PWSD # 3) implement an annual flushing program. Public Utilities
employees will flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants and allowing them
to flow freely for a short period of time. The flushing cleans out sediment and
allows routine maintenance of the fire hydrants. Flushing may result in some
discoloration and the presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are
not harmful and should be of short duration.
this period of time, a slight change is made in the water treatment process to
facilitate an effective flushing program. Throughout the year, chloramines, or
combined chlorine, are added to the water as the primary disinfectant. During
the flushing program, chlorine is added in an uncombined state, commonly
referred to as free chlorine. Free chlorine is somewhat more volatile than
combined chlorine, providing exceptional availability to react with sediments
suspended during flushing. The Cities of Marceline and Brookfield will use free
chlorine as the primary disinfectant from March 8 - April 5, 2021. Depending on
your location within the distribution system and usage patterns, it could take
up to a week for your drinking water to transition from combined chlorine to
free chlorine at the beginning of the flushing program. The annual change from
chloramines to chlorine for this brief period is required by the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources.
You may notice a chlorine taste and odor in your drinking water while free
chlorine is utilized. If you are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of
chlorine, try keeping an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator.
This will enable the chlorine to dissipate thus reducing the chlorine taste.
Remember - drinking water has a shelf life! Change out the water in your
refrigerated container weekly.
Please note, if you have an aquarium or pond always test the water you add to
your aquatic environment to be sure it is free of any chlorine before adding
fish or other animals. Chemical additives with directions for removing either
free chlorine or chloramines from water for use in fish tanks or ponds are
available at pet/fish supply stores.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact the
Marceline Water Department at (660) 376-0700, or the Brookfield Water Department
at (660) 258-7442, or your local water provider.
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