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Water taste, odor changes may be coming soon

Changes in the taste and odor of drinking water may soon be noticeable across Rockwall County but it still will be safe to drink and use when water suppliers are allowed to conduct a free chlorine maintenance on the North Texas Municipal Water District Wylie water transmission system from Jan. 6  to Feb. 3.

According to the Water District, such chlorine maintenance – normally performed during cool winter months when water temperature is lower – helps conserve water and reduce the need for water suppliers to flush systems in order to maintain chloramine residual, required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The NTMWD utilizes chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, in the water treatment process and to provide the disinfectant residual in the transmission and distribution systems as required by the TCEQ. Chloramines provide a longer lasting residual disinfection in water pipelines and storage facilities.

For info, contact Denise Hickey, NTMWD public relations director, at 972-442-5405.

By J.J. Smith.

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