WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – If you are a customer of Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, you will notice a difference in your drinking water starting next month.
The county says it will use a stronger disinfection process from July 13 to Aug. 14.
Palm Beach County says that it will also increase hydrant flushing as a preventative maintenance process.
Customers may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period, according to water officials.
The county says that the temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.
Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine are advised to keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.
Officials say users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks should seek professional advice as the method for removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.
This process will not affect customers in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay.