D.C. Water Gets Spring Cleaning: Can You Smell It?
District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has announced its spring cleaning of our water. Now through May 2 "the disinfectant in drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine. During this time, individuals may notice a change in the taste and smell of drinking water. Local water authorities recommend running the cold water tap for approximately two minutes and refrigerating cold tap water for a few hours to reduce taste and odor. Water filters are also effective in reducing chlorine taste and odor."
According to WASA, this annual change is part of a routine maintenance program to keep the water distribution system in the District of Columbia, Arlington County and Falls Church clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria. A temporary switch to chlorine with system-wide flushing is done to maintain water quality throughout the year. This is standard practice for many water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year.
Individuals and business owners who take special precautions to remove chloramine from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities and aquatic pet owners, should continue to take the same precautions during the temporary switch to chlorine. Most methods for removing chloramine from tap water are effective in removing chlorine. Individuals with special health concerns should consult with a health care provider on the use of tap water.
For more information, contact D.C. Water: 202-612-3440 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or 202-612-3400 (24-hour).