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Water maintenance begins May 31

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The method of water treatment for Pinellas County and its wholesale customers will be temporarily modified between Tuesday, May 31, and Monday, June 20. The first of two short-term changes from chloramine to chlorine disinfection in 2016 is a routine maintenance measure designed to optimize water quality.

Those impacted include Pinellas County water customers as well as customers in the cities of Clearwater, Pinellas Park and Safety Harbor.

This disinfection program is designed to maintain distribution system water quality and minimize the potential for any future problems. There have been no indications of significant bacteriological contamination problems in the system. The water will continue to meet federal and state standards for safe drinking water.

Kidney dialysis patients should not be impacted, but should contact their dialysis care provider for more information about chlorine treatment. Fish owners should not be affected if they already have a system in place to remove chloramines, but should contact local pet suppliers with any questions.

Customers may notice a slight difference in taste and/or odor of the water during this temporary change in treatment. Chlorine was used as the primary disinfectant in the water for more than 50 years prior to 2002.

Many communities using chloramine convert back to chlorine for a short period to maintain system water quality. Pinellas County switched to chloramine in 2002 to ensure compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards. The second short-term change from chloramine to chlorine disinfection in 2016 will run from Sept. 6 to Sept. 26.

For more information, please visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities or contact Pinellas County Customer Service at (727) 464-4000.