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11/14/2023 - City Free Chlorine Flush Project Nov 26-Dec 9


Dear Valued Utility Customer:

The City of Riviera Beach Utility Special District (USD) is consistently undertaking activities that serve to strengthen its water treatment and distribution services. Accordingly, this communication informs utility customers that, as recommended by the Florida Department of Health, the City is set to commence a “Free Chlorine Flush” Project. This Free Chlorine Flush Project will begin on Sunday, November 26, 2023 and last until Saturday, December 9, 2023.

Free Chlorine Flushing is a temporary disinfection process using free chlorine. This process is used because free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant than the combined disinfection treatment (chloramines) usually in use. The Utility uses this process strictly as a precautionary measure to ensure that our drinking water distribution system remains in the best possible condition. Once the free chlorine flush is complete the system will revert to the standard combined disinfection treatment process.

Possible Noticeable Effects
It is important to understand that during this temporary change, there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If you experience this situation, you may run the water through the tap until it clears. Also, if you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, you may maintain an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

USD staff will conduct fire hydrant flushing during this time to ensure that the free chlorinated water reaches all parts of the distribution system.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?
Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process. Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, and will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time, and it is recommended that using chlorine bleach in your laundry be avoided during the flushing process.

Special Circumstances (Medical and Restaurant Conditions)
Medical facilities, providers and patients for kidney dialysis, owners of tropical fish, and managers of restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks, and other businesses that use water in their production/operation processes are advised to seek professional advice concerning removal methods for chlorine from their water supply (the method of removing free chlorine differs from the usual process).

In the interim, should you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to call the USD Administrative Office at (561) 845-4185 during normal business hours, or visit the FAQ below. As the USD works to further improve the City’s water service systems, your patience and understanding are appreciated!


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