City Switches to Chlorine-Only Disinfection & Water Distribution

System Flushing Feb. 21 to Apr. 3

News posted Feb. 20, 2017 - 2:00 pm

To promote optimal disinfection throughout the water distribution system, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has requested the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department and other public water systems using chloramine disinfection to consider switching to chlorine-only disinfection for a minimum of three consecutive weeks. This switch to chlorine-only disinfection will occur from Feb. 21 through April 3, and can produce a temporary “chlorine taste and odor” in some cases.

The City of Raleigh will also conduct water distribution system flushing during this same period. This flushing may cause some temporary discoloration in the water. The water is absolutely safe. However, as a precaution, customers may want to check to see if their water is discolored before laundering white clothes.

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department conducts extensive water quality testing throughout the water distribution system to ensure our drinking water meets all State and Federal drinking water requirements. Water Quality Reports.

For more information, contact

  • Edward Buchan, Environmental Coordinator, Public Utilities Department, 919-996-3471
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