Southern Pines temporarily changing disinfectant improve water safety

The Town of Southern Pines announced Thursday it is temporarily changing its disinfectant they are using to improve public water safety.

Through the month of March, the Southern Pines Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is changing from chloramine to chlorine, also known as free chlorine, to disinfect the water supply. “The periodic and temporary conversion from Chloramines to free Chlorine, which is a normal procedure for water systems, ensures water safety in distribution lines and the highest quality of drinking water,” said the town on its website.

Because free chlorine is a stronger disinfectant, residents and businesses “may experience a slight change in the aesthetics of their water during conversion, which may include a noticeable “Chlorine odor” or slight discoloration.” This should dissipate after a few days. The town said the quality and safety of the water will not be affected.

“The WTP will monitor chlorine levels and water quality standards in the distribution system on a daily basis to ensure the safety of the water and that all state and regulatory standards are met,” the town said.

Questions can be directed to David McKew at 910-281-4719.

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