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News Brief: Annual West Palm Beach Chlorine Flush to impact Palm Beach’s Tap Water

If you notice a slight chlorinated taste or smell in your tap water beginning Friday in Palm Beach, it’s not your imagination.

The Town of Palm Beach is reminding residents that its water supplier, the City of West Palm Beach, will conduct its annual chlorine flush from July 5 though Friday, July 26.

During the process, the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will switch its disinfectant from chloramines to free chlorine in order to maintain high quality drinking water.
The Town said in an alert, “Chlorine is an effective and safe disinfectant to protect against contamination and will not cause any adverse health effects.”

One option to help during the next several weeks is to keep an open container of drinking water in the refrigerator for a few hours while the chlorine dissipates.

A Word of Caution

The town urges users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks to speak with a professional regarding a safe method to remove chlorine residuals from tap water.

If you have questions, you can contact the City of West Palm Beach Utilities Department by calling 561-822-2210.


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