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Water Department - Distribution System Chlorine Maintenance Notice

The City of Brenham’s Water Department will be conducting distribution system chlorine maintenance during the period of August 1st through August 30th, 2017. This is routine maintenance and is designed to sustain clean water and minimize the potential for the occurrence of harmful bacteria in the water system. Although there are no indications of bacteriological contamination in our water distribution system at this time, we will utilize this maintenance period to prevent the formation of nitrifying bacteria and biofilm. During this free chlorine burn, the water disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine, which is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice open fire hydrants throughout the city during this period to allow flushing of the system, which helps to remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant. At the end of the free burn, the standard process used for disinfection will be reintroduced and the system will return to normal operating conditions.

It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced, please run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Fire hydrant flushing should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process.

The water is safe to drink throughout this process. Any odor and color issues will subside as the flushing is completed.
Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should contact their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor the chlorine residuals. During normal business hours residents may contact:

Matthew Monfreda - Water Systems Superintendent - Office: 979-337-7434

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our residents as we work to further improve the quality of the water for our customers.



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