Evansville to temporarily change water disinfectant

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Starting August 19, the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) will temporarily change the disinfectant used in the water treatment process.

EWSU will be using free chlorine rather than the regularly used disinfectant, chloramine.

Free chlorine will be used through September 23.

This is the second and final temporary switchover of the year, EWSU officials said.

You may notice a slight change in taste or smell of your tap water.

Free chlorine may have more of a chemical odor, possibly similar to that of a swimming pool.

The smell and taste do not pose a health risk.

An EWSU press release provided this specific information on the switch as well:

  • Kidney Dialysis: Just like chloramine, free chlorine must be removed from water used in kidney dialysis machines. EWSU has contacted representatives from the medical community to inform them of this temporary conversion. We advise customers who are dialysis patients to call their physicians or dialysis centers if there are any questions.
  • Fish Owners: Like chloramine, free chlorine is toxic to fish. Fish owners need to remove chlorine, ammonia and chloramine from the water before use with tropical fish. Local pet stores carry water conditioners that remove chloramine and free chlorine. If customers have questions, we recommend contacting their pet store for information and detailed instructions.

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(This story was originally published on August 1, 2019)

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