Chloramine to Free Chlorine Conversion Notice
January 21, 2019
Acton Municipal Utility District, public water system ID TX1110007, will temporarily convert the disinfectant used in the distribution system from chloramine to free chlorine. The conversion will begin on 02/14/2019 and continue through approximately 04/01/2019.
State and Federal mandates require public water systems to properly disinfect their water and maintain an adequate disinfectant residual in the distribution system. Chloramine, free chlorine combined with ammonia, is widely used as a disinfectant because it persists for long periods while also limiting the formation of disinfection by-product contaminants when combined with treated surface water. Prolonged use of chloramine coupled with other factors inherent to water distribution can impact water quality and may result in inert organic build-up within the pipes of the distribution system. This organic matter itself is harmless but it may hinder our ability to maintain an adequate disinfectant residual.
The occasional temporary conversion to free chlorine, coordinated with flushing activities, is a necessary step in preserving the overall quality of the water. Since we began the use of chloramines, this is a treatment process we carry out every 1-3 years as preventative maintenance.
Acton Municipal Utility District has chosen to implement a temporary disinfectant conversion to free chlorine based on the following: Routine and preventative maintenance.
During this time period we plan to utilize only water produced from wells. We have chosen to perform this conversion during our low demand season to avoid the use of treated surface water. Unless we experience historically high water demand, we do not plan the use of treated surface water during this temporary conversion.
Also during this period, you may experience taste and odor changes associated with this type of temporary disinfectant conversion. This is normal but if there is ever a concern regarding water quality please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (i.e., people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
More information may be found at our website amud.com. Also, if you have questions regarding this matter, feel free to contact TJ Riggio, System Superintendent, at 817-326-4720.
for more information: Drinking Water Disinfection and the Free Chlorine Conversion Process FAQs