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9/10/2014 - Preventative Maintenance Flush Water Lines with Free Chlorine

Martha Tasker
Director of Utilities
(785) 309-5725

Preventative Maintenance
The City of Salina Utilities Department 
to Flush Water Lines with Free Chlorine

To maintain high water quality in the City’s water distribution system and Saline County Rural Water District (RWD) #3, the Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water.  This effort consists of turning off the ammonia feed and increasing the free chlorine feed in order to maintain a more uniform disinfection level throughout the City’s water distribution system and Saline County RWD #3. 

This modified disinfection process will occur from September 18 to October 13, 2014, and is a preventative maintenance process. 

Customers may notice a strong chlorine taste or odor of chlorine in their tap water during this period.  These temporary conditions are normal during the modified disinfection process and will not cause adverse health effects.  If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, try keeping an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as the method for removing free chlorine residuals, which differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.

The City will be flushing fire hydrants during this time as well. A temporary variation in tap water color, as well as possible sediment may occur.  Run water at the tap to confirm water is not discolored prior to usage.  Running the tap water for a short period should flush the discolored water from your private water service line. Avoid doing laundry if the water is discolored.

Should you need more information on this change in the water treatment process, please call a Utilities Department representative at 826-7305.