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City to switch disinfectants temporarily

City to switch disinfectants temporarily
Posted on 03/25/2019

The city of Rocky Mount will temporarily use a different disinfectant in its water supply. The conversion to chlorine will begin Monday, April 1, 2019 and will last for up to 30 days.

According to the American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Public Water Supply, switching to chlorine periodically is a recommended practice for water systems that use chloramine as a residual disinfectant.

Customers may notice a chlorine taste or odor in the tap water during the change. The water is safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and other uses. During this time, sampling and testing to monitor the effectiveness of the temporary switch to chlorine will be done.

Users of home kidney dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish aquariums and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks, are advised that the methods for testing and removing chlorine residuals differ from those used for chloramine residuals.

For more information, please contact Jim Connolly at 252-972-1336 or utility dispatch at 252-467-4800.