Public Notice to Water System Customers of the City of Delray Beach
May 25, 2018 – To ensure that the City’s drinking water remains safe and compliant with all regulatory water quality requirements, the City will begin a routinely scheduled enhanced disinfection of water distribution lines from Friday, May 25, 2018 through Monday, June 11, 2018. The disinfection process is only a preventive maintenance procedure and will cause no harm to the public.
Free chlorine is used as the primary disinfectant during this preventive maintenance activity. Water customers may notice an increased chlorine odor and/or taste in their tap water. This is a normal occurrence and will cause no adverse health effects. Customers with special needs (i.e. dialysis) should be aware of potential problems with their equipment and systems. Users are encouraged to contact an appropriate professional for guidance on how to use their equipment during this period. Owners of tropical fish aquariums and holding tanks for fish and shellfish should be aware that this temporary change in our disinfection process may be harmful to aquatic life if not properly addressed.
In addition, customers are advised to seek professional advice regarding the method of removing free chlorine residuals as it differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water. Any such side effects will start to diminish when the City reverts to the normal disinfection method on Monday, June 11, 2018.
The City will also flush fire hydrants as part of the enhanced disinfection procedure. If you notice flushing activities in your immediate area, refrain from using laundry machines until activities have ceased; such rapid flushing activities may temporarily suspend particulates that can yellow laundry.
The safety and health of our citizens is our number one priority. Please be assured that enhanced disinfection is a preventive maintenance process for the drinking water system. For additional information, please contact the Water/Sewer Network Division at (561) 243-7312 between 7:00 am and 3:30 pm - Monday through Friday. For updates, you can also visit the City’s website at mydelraybeach.com, Twitter: http://twitter.com/citydelraybeach and Facebook:www. facebook.com/cityofDelrayBeach.