PBC Water Utilities Department to change disinfectant process

Palm Beach County’s Water Utilities Department will use a “somewhat stronger disinfectant process” in flushing lines from June 20 to July 22.

In an email to county commissioners, Water Utilities Director Jim Stiles said the new process is being used to maintain high water quality in the county’s drinking water.

Residents serviced by the Water Utilities Department “may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period,” said Stiles, who added that “these temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.”

The Palm Beach County Health Department has approved the new process, which Stiles said is widely practiced by water utilities across the country.

Those who use kidney dialysis machines, the owners of tropical fish and the managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are being urged to seek professional advice on how to proceed.

Residents in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay will not be affected.

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