GIWA Announces Temporary Change to Disinfection Treatment Procedures


Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. will temporarily change the disinfection process for its drinking water supply (drinking water) in Placida and Boca Grande. From July 11 at 8 a.m. until August 22, GIWA will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines).

This conversion to chlorine (which is a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines (which are longer lasting disinfectants) allows GIWA to perform a purge of the water distribution system as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection. environment for water utilities using chloramines as the primary disinfectant.

This temporary change of disinfectant does not cause any adverse health effects. However, during this period, customers may experience a slight increase in taste, odor and water color due to the change in treatment.

Customers on kidney dialysis who use a dosing device to prepare dialysate at home are advised to contact their equipment provider or physician to make appropriate arrangements to accommodate the change in water disinfection and install appropriate filtering devices if necessary.

Customers who have aquariums or other aquatic species are encouraged to contact the local pet store to ensure proper water pre-treatment before adding or changing water in the aquarium to avoid any associated issues. with chlorine.

If you have any questions regarding this change in sanitizers, please call Ronald Bolton at 964-2423.

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