To maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in its water distribution system, Wellington’s Water Treatment Plant will be temporarily modifying its disinfection process starting later this month.
The water disinfection process will change from a combined chlorine process to a free chlorine process between Monday, June 25 and Monday, July 9. Periodic modifications to the water disinfection process are standard practice and recommended by the Palm Beach County Health Department as a precautionary measure and to help keep the water in the distribution system free from bacteria. The utility will also increase hydrant flushing during this time.
Customers that obtain drinking water from Wellington may notice a slight chlorine taste and odor during this period. These conditions are temporary and will not cause adverse health effects. If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, place an open container of drinking water on the counter or in your refrigerator for few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.
Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish, and managers of stores or restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice, as the method for removing free chlorine residuals differ between the two processes.
For more information, call Utility Regulatory Compliance Manager Laurie Hand at (561) 791-4149.