Beginning May 20 and continuing through June 17, the City of Melbourne will be temporarily changing its water disinfection method. The City of West Melbourne receives its water from the City of Melbourne, therefore, the following information is required notification of the temporary change in disinfection method to water customers. During this period, water customers may notice a chlorine odor in their tap water.This temporary change in water chemistry will not affect the safety of water for drinking.The City of Melbourne normally uses chloramine, which is formed from the combination of free chlorine and ammonia, for disinfection. During the temporary change, free chlorine – without any ammonia – will be used. Changing to free chlorine periodically provides additional protection against microorganism contamination and helps ensure the water you receive remains safe.“During this temporary period, customers may notice a chlorine taste or odor in their tap water,” said Public Works & Utilities Director Ralph Reigelsperger. “These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects. The water will remain safe for drinking and other uses.”To get rid of the taste or smell of chlorine, you can collect water in a container and place it in your refrigerator for a few hours. This will allow much of the chlorine to leave the water.Special Cautions for Kidney Dialysis Patients and Aquarium Owners: During the first and last week of this four-week period, people who use kidney dialysis machines should be aware that their water may contain chlorine, ammonia, and/or a mixture of the two. During the middle two weeks, the water should contain free chlorine only. Other specialized users of water, such as fish owners, stores and restaurants with fish aquariums and holding tanks for fish and shellfish, along with hospitals, blood/dialysis clinics, or users of home dialysis equipment may need to take action to maintain appropriate water quality during this temporary switch in disinfection. These users are encouraged to contact an appropriate professional for guidance on how to use the equipment during this period.
For all other users, there are no precautions that you need to take.
For more information: Please call the City of Melbourne Water Production Division at (321) 255-4622, or at their website www.melbourneflorida.org.