Tampa Water Department temporarily converts to chlorine disinfection

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TAMPA, FL. – The Tampa Water Department will temporarily change its process for disinfecting water to chlorine between September 7 and September 28, 2021.

During this period, the service will use chlorine instead of chloramine to disinfect the water distributed to all customers of the water service.

This temporary conversion is a routine transition that protects the quality of drinking water by preventing bacteria from growing in our water lines. It also offers a sustainable alternative to the loss of millions of gallons of drinking water by releasing water through City standpipes to clean water lines.

The water department will collect and test water samples throughout our service area to assess the effectiveness of the temporary change in disinfection method.

Customers sensitive to chlorine may notice a more pronounced smell or taste of chlorine during this transition period. To minimize this effect, the Tampa Water Department recommends:

  • Run the tap for a few minutes before use.
  • Fill a pitcher with water and let sit for several hours to allow any residual chlorine to evaporate.
  • Consider installing a charcoal filter on kitchen / bathroom faucets or shower heads or replacing existing filters with new ones.

Populations with Special Considerations: Individuals and business owners who are already taking special measures to remove chloramine from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities, and aquatic animal owners, will want take the same precautions during this temporary switch to chlorine.

For more information, contact City of Tampa Utilities at (813) 274-8811, Option 2, or visit tampa.gov/ChlorineDisinfection.

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