Raleigh area water might have a different taste

February 28, 2013 by  

Durham, North Carolina, which is about 30 miles from Raleigh and often designated as part of the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area, plans to modify its water supply, according to a recent news item.

Throughout the month of March, the city will use chlorine alone to disinfect its water supply; usually it adds ammonia as well. The city is stopping its ammonia usage in order to meet the annual requirements established by the state and the federal government.

The Raleigh Water and Sewer Maintenance Division will have to flush the entire system to disperse the chlorine throughout the city. It intends to begin the process on March 3. It is estimated that it will take three weeks to complete the entire operation, with most of the work being done between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am this Sunday through Thursday. The city hopes that scheduling the flushing at these times will lessen its impact, but warns there will be times when crews will be working during business hours as well.

Residents should not be surprised or alarmed if they spot a slight change of color in the water during this period. The city also warns that kidney dialysis patients, along with pond and aquarium owners, should remove chlorine and any traces of ammonia from their water before they use it. They also suggest letting water run until it becomes clear before using it to launder whites.

The city could work with flyer printing experts to get a direct mail piece to residents as quickly as possible.