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The Town of Southern Pines Water Treatment Plant will temporarily change the method of disinfection in its public water supply from March 1 through April 1.

The water plant normally uses chloramine, a controlled mixture of ammonia and chlorine, to disinfect the water. Throughout March, the town will use chlorine only, also known as “free chlorine,” which is a stronger disinfectant.

As a result, users may experience a slight change, including a noticeable odor and slight discoloration. Most of these characteristics should lessen after the first few days and do not affect the safety or quality of the water.

The periodic and temporary conversion to free chlorine is a normal procedure for water systems and ensures water safety in the distribution system and the highest quality water for consumers, said the town in a press release. On April 1, the treatment plant will return to chloramine disinfectants. The water plant staff monitors chlorine levels and water quality standards in the distribution system on a daily basis to ensure the safety of the water and that all regulatory standards are met.

“We apologize for any inconvenience, but this process helps ensure high-quality water in our distribution system components,” said the town.

For more information, please call David McKew, water treatment plant manager, at (910) 281-4719. You may also visit for more information.


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