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City of Windsor to Add Chlorine to Water System

The City of Windsor is adding chlorine to disinfect the water system beginning Monday.

According to a press release from the City of Windsor, the chlorine will be added to the water system on November 6, and remain in effect until further notice.


The What should you do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions, unless you have special needs or fish aquariums, as noted below  

What may be health effects?
Chlorination of system is not an emergency.  If a Drinking Water Advisory was required, you would have been notified immediately.  Consumers with health concerns related to chlorine in drinking water may choose to use bottled water or a safe alternative source during this period.

What happened?  What is being done?
Total Coliform bacteria were found in the Windsor water supply on October 17 and October 30, 2017. OR Contamination may have occurred due to sampling problems.  

Windsor will be adding chlorine to system on November 6, 2017 until further notice.  Addition of chlorine to disinfect water may react with iron and/or manganese that may be deposited in water mains, breaking it loose and causing some temporary discoloration of water.  This could cause a black or reddish-brown color, but it does not present a health threat.  Water customers may notice an increased chlorine odor and/or taste in their tap water.

Consumers may want to let water run for a few minutes to flush plumbing of discolored water before using it for cooking or laundry.  During this time, customers with special needs (i.e. dialysis) should be aware of potential problems with their equipment and systems. Owners of tropical fish aquariums and holding tanks for fish and shellfish should be aware that change in our disinfection process may be harmful to aquatic life if not properly addressed. Customers are advised to seek professional advice regarding the method of removing free chlorine

For more information, call 660-647-3512 or the Kansas City Department of Natural Resources office at 816-251-0700.

A PDF file factsheet on Public Drinking Water Systems can also be found by clicking here.

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