The City of Red Bud Water Department is required to comply with drinking water standards set forth by USEPA, similar to other water systems in the nation. In order to comply with these regulations and maintain satisfactory water quality for its customers, the City of Red Bud must make periodic modifications to its water treatment process. These intermittent/periodic modifications have been approved by EPA, and are not considered to be unusual in modern water system practice.
The City of Red Bud Water Department normally uses a combined chlorine residual throughout the distribution system to prevent presence of harmful pathogenic organisms in the water delivered to its customers. This type of disinfectant residual is approved by EPA. With this type of disinfectant residual, however, non-harmful bacterial growth can occur in the water distribution pipes and contribute to objectionable taste and odor as well as other problems. To counteract this natural phenomenon, the City of Red Bud Water Department must periodically change its process and deliver predominantly free chlorine residual throughout the system. Free chlorine residual is effective in helping to rid the system of troublesome bacteria that are not harmful to human health.
The City of Red Bud Water Department plans to switch from combined chlorine residual to predominantly free chlorine disinfection residual on Sept. 1. This short-term change in the city’s water treatment process is expected to be in effect for a period of two to four weeks.
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