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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Disruption of water aesthetics possible for June

Photo by Todd Riggins

Beginning this month, Miami County Rural Water District 2, the City’s water supplier, will conduct their annual Free Chlorine Burnout to the water distribution system.

This will cause some disruption in the aesthetics of the water including the taste and smell of chlorine and possibly discoloration of the water.

"Miami County Water District #2 will discontinue using combined chlorine on June 15, 2018," the water district said. "Instead, free chlorine will be used for up to thirty days. This is part of the District’s annual maintenance program. Customers may notice a stronger than usual chlorine taste and smell to the water. This is only temporary and it is necessary to 'burn out' the system and kill certain 'nitrifying' bacteria that do not show up on the routine sampling. These bacteria are not harmful to humans or animals. They tend to cause slime growths within the waterlines and create a higher than normal demand on chlorine, thus lowering disinfection properties."

The Free Chlorine Burnout will begin June 15 and is expected to last about 30 days.

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