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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -If you notice a different odor coming from your water tap, the Utilities Commission is temporarily switching its water disinfection process from chloramines to free chlorine.
For approximately six weeks, the city will use chlorine instead of a chloramine residual in the water treatment process. Customers on dialysis and those who have fish tanks or aquatic species are advised to consult a professional to avoid any problems with the change.
This is basically a flushing of the water system for the six-week period. The free chlorine residual moves through the system while a thorough flushing of all the water mains is performed. This ensures the water distribution system is optimally maintained.
Free chlorine is a stronger oxidant than chloramines and "restores" the mains for a higher water quality. This is a common industry practice.
The return to chloramines will be done by Aug. 27. The last treatment period for the Utilities Commission was at the end of 2008.
The Commission's website and a bill insert notified customers.
Medical specialists and selective organizations are also being notified directly.
For more information, call (386)424-3184.