By: Sharon Aron Baron
If your water smells or tastes a little like chlorine, don’t be alarmed because it’s still safe to drink.
Beginning on July 14 and continuing until July 28, residents of Coral Springs may notice a temporary change in the taste and odor of their tap water as the City’s Utilities & Engineering Division, Royal Waterworks, Coral Springs Improvement District, and the North Springs Improvement District adopt a modified chlorination method.
This adjustment is being made in accordance with the Department of Environmental Protection’s recommendations to ensure compliance with water quality standards.
During this two-week period, residents may detect a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water due to the modified chlorinating process. Although the change in taste might be noticeable, it is important to note that these temporary conditions should not pose any health risks.
In addition to the chlorination method, the City will also conduct a water main flushing program from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program involves the systematic flushing of water mains and fire hydrants to eliminate accumulated minerals and sediments that can affect water quality and flow over time. However, residents should be aware that temporary discoloration of the water and a slight reduction in water pressure may occur as a result of this flushing process.
The water authorities assure residents that these measures are essential to maintaining high-quality water standards in the area. However, customers are advised to take certain precautions during this period to minimize any inconvenience.
The following guidelines are recommended:
- Check water clarity before using it for washing clothes.
- Set aside water for drinking and cooking purposes, ensuring its clarity before use.
- If discolored water is experienced, run cold water through all faucets for approximately 5-10 minutes. If the issue persists, contact your water provider at the provided number.
- For individuals undergoing kidney dialysis, consult your physician for special instructions.
- Seek advice from local pet stores if you own tropical fish or aquatic animals.
- Customers with inline filters should consult their equipment manufacturer for guidance on usage during the chlorination period.
- Individuals sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine can reduce its presence by keeping an open container of tap water in the refrigerator, allowing the chlorine to dissipate. It is important to note that tap water has a limited shelf life, so the container should be changed weekly.
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