Dear Valued Utility Customer:
In accordance with a program recommended by the Health Department, the City of Riviera Beach Water Utility District will conduct a "free chlorine flush", of the water system starting Monday morning, September 24, 2018 through Sunday, October 14, 2018. During this free chlorine flush, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. The city will accomplish this strictly precautionary measure to ensure that our drinking water supply remains free of bacteria which forms on surfaces in contact with water. These surfaces include water storage tanks and water pipes leading to houses.
· Possible Noticeable Effects: It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If you experience this situation, you may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Also, if you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate. Utility District staff will conduct fire hydrant flushing to remove the majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process. These are temporary conditions and will not cause adverse health effects.
· Is the Water Safe to Drink? Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process. Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Avoid using chlorine bleach in your laundry during this time. Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as the method of removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.
During normal business hours residents and businesses may call (561) 845-4185 with any questions concerning the free chlorine burnout. The City of Riviera Beach Utility District appreciates the patience and understanding of its residents as it works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.
Thank you all for your assistants with this effort.