Chloramines To Change Water Quality In Triad Cities

5:45 PM, Jul 24, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Most days, even on a hot one like Sunday, you probably don't think much about the quality of the water you drink. As long as it's wet and cool, it's fine, right?

Well, you might start thinking about it Monday morning.

If you get your water from Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, Reidsville, Randleman, Jamestown, Archdale or the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, your water will have a new disinfectant that's supposed to make it safer and tastier.

"The EPA has dictated that we need to reduce our trihalomethanes and our haloacetic acids in our system," City of Greensboro water supply manager Barry Parsons said.

Just in case you didn't make an "A" in chemistry, what Parsons means is that Greensboro and most other water suppliers in the Piedmont are switching from chlorine to chloramine disinfectants as part of a new and tougher standard designed to make your drinking water safer.

"I will have to admit, it's very close to bottled water as far as the taste," Parsons said. "You don't have that smell or taste of chlorine."

That's right. Parsons says you won't see the introduction of ammonia into your water, but you should notice your water tasting crisper and cleaner. He says that's what his engineers found after a trial run of the $5 million worth of upgrades and changes to the system at the Townsend Water Treatment Plant.

"We actually tasted the water afterwards," he said. "And we're very pleased with the taste and very happy with the way it went. So I think the customers will be pleasantly satisfied with the taste."

The changes will go into effect Monday for all those areas except Greensboro. Parsons says they'll flip the switch and go from chlorine to chloramines in Greensboro at 7am Tuesday.

When the switch happens, you might notice a brown tint to your water. Parsons says you should let your tap run for a couple of minutes and things should clear up. If they don't, call your water supplier.

WFMY News 2

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