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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Temporary Change in Water Disinfection Process

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Beginning the week of February 24, 2020 and lasting until the week of April 13, 2020 the Town of Fuquay-Varina will not be using ammonia as part of the disinfection process in its drinking water. The change is required by the federal and state regulations governing the Town’s water system.

Using ammonia in the treatment process helps reduce the amount of Trihalomethanes, a disinfection by-product that is formed when water is disinfected with chlorine. The one-month return to chlorine-only disinfecting is not expected to cause any significant increase in Trihalomethanes.

Some users of water may be affected by the temporary change in the disinfection process. Water customers should be aware that residual trace amounts of ammonia and chlorine must be removed from the water prior to its use in fish aquariums, ponds, and kidney dialysis.

The Town of Fuquay-Varina will also conduct flushing of the distribution system to expedite this event. Customers should be aware that there may be a slight discoloration of their drinking water. Please plan to take the steps necessary to ensure that our month-long change to chlorine only disinfection during the month of March does not detrimentally affect your uses of the water we provide. We regret any inconvenience or problem this may cause.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Town of Fuquay-Varina Public Utilities Department.

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