By: Chris Brunner
Coral Springs residents may notice a chlorine taste or odor in their water, but the city said this is part of the water main flushing required by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Beginning July 16 through July 30, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., the City of Coral Springs Utilities Division, along with all other water utilities in Coral Springs, will temporarily discontinue the use of ammonia in the disinfection process. As a result, residents may notice a slight change in their tap water.
They are asked to be advised that the temporary discoloration of the water and a reduction in pressure may also occur during this period of flushing and that these temporary conditions are not harmful to their health.
According to the city, residents are cautioned to check the water for clarity before washing clothes and before use for drinking or cooking. If you are on kidney dialysis, please consult your physician for any special instructions. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, please contact your local pet store for advice. Customers with inline filters may want to contact the equipment manufacturer for any precautions.
The flushing program minimizes the build-up of mineral and other sediments, that over time can affect water quality and water flows through the pipes. It also allows the Water Departments to verify the fire hydrants are working properly and available for fire protection.
Chris has been a contributing writer at Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk since high school. He is a resident of Coral Springs and is currently attending college.