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Posted on: July 23, 2019

City Water System Adjustments Due to High Temperatures

Water System Adjustments Due to High Temperatures

As temperatures increase it has an impact on water in storage tanks. Steel tanks heat up quickly during the day and are slow to cool at night due to the large volumes of water contained inside that has also been heated during the day. The heat effect on chlorine causes a dissipation rate increase. In order to ensure water quality standards are met, we must increase chlorine dosages at the water treatment plant to maintain chlorine residuals that are adequate at the far ends of the distribution system. Over the course of the next week, we will be slowly and incrementally increasing these dosages to maintain water quality, along with flushing fire hydrants near the airport and West Rifle interchange. If you notice an increase in chlorine odor this is the cause and please be advised that water quality and safety is not jeopardized by these efforts.

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