Annual water treatment process underway

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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It’s that time of the year again, where the water might seem a little different in the city of Decatur.

But there’s nothing to worry about, according to the city.

Decatur’s water distribution system free chlorine burn process began Sept. 1 and will continue through the end of the month. The process includes turning the ammonia off at the treatment plant. That produces a free chlorine residual that will kill bacterial growth in the distribution system.

Water customers may notice a chlorine smell or red water for approximately one to three weeks.

“This will not affect the quality of your drinking water,” the city stated in a letter to city residents.

The water is safe to drink during this time, according to the city.

The purpose of the free chlorine burn is to help cleanse the water lines and act as a disinfectant.

Residents may also notice open fire hydrants and possibly overflowing water storage tanks and towers this month to aid in the flushing process.

The ammonia will be turned back on at midnight on Sept. 30, returning to the normal disinfection methods.

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