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Temporary Water Treatment Change Mid-August through October Fire Hydrant and System Flushing also Occurring
WATER TREATMENT CHANGE
Illinois American Water, whom the Village of Glen Carbon purchases treated drinking water from, is temporarily changing water treatment to a form of chlorine known as “free chlorine,” which does not contain ammonia. This scheduled change – mid-August through October – in disinfectant is a standard water treatment practice to help maintain high-quality water service.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Switching to free chlorine is a proactive step to support optimal levels of disinfection in the water distribution system. The temporary use of free chlorine helps to maintain a high level of disinfection throughout water mains and pipes that deliver your drinking water.
WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT FROM THE TREATMENT CHANGE?
During the temporary treatment change, customers may experience a more noticeable chlorine taste or odor in their water. There is no reason for concern. This is a common effect of the switch in chlorine types. Each individual customer has their own sensitivity level to the taste and/or odor of free chlorine. Many detect no change at all.
Anyone with questions about the use of this water with home health care equipment, etc. should reach out to their healthcare provider. Institutions with additional water purification filters for special needs, for instance hospitals and dialysis centers, will be made aware of the treatment change.
HYDRANT AND WATER MAIN FLUSHING While Illinois American Water is making this temporary change in treatment, the Village of Glen Carbon will be conducting fire hydrant and water main flushing. The process of periodically flushing hydrants is essential in identifying fire hydrants in need of repair and maintaining optimal water quality throughout the potable water distribution system.
WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT FROM SYSTEM FLUSHING? Through the discharge of water from the fire hydrant(s), water flow rates are increased to provide a scouring effect that removes mineral deposits that may accumulate in the water main. While the majority of mineral deposits are removed from the hydrant discharge, it is not uncommon for customers to experience a temporary discoloration of water within their residence or dwelling.
If discolored water occurs, it is recommended that customers let their cold water run briefly and it should clear up on its own. Customers should also refrain from doing laundry during that time. Customers may also experience a slight drop in water pressure as a result of flushing for a short period of time.