Annual change from
chloramines to chlorine
Cities of Marceline, Brookfield and the Public Water Supply District Number 3 (PWSD
# 3) implement a flushing program every year. Beginning September 21,
2015, 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.
During 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 September 21, 2015 through mid-October 2015.
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
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
If you have any
questions or concerns regarding this process please contact the Marceline Water
Department at (660) 376-0700, the Brookfield Water Department at (660) 258-7442,
or your local water provider.