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 is to inform you that, as recommended by the state Department of Health, the City is set to commence the “Free Chlorine Flush” Project.
The Free Chlorine Flush Project is a disinfection process wherein chloramines will be changed to free chlorine, as free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. The City will accomplish this process strictly as a precautionary measure to ensure that our drinking water supply remains free of bacteria, which forms on surfaces that make contact with water. These surfaces include water storage tanks and water pipes leading to houses.
§ 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 want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Also, if you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep 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 flushings to remove the majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process. These are temporary conditions and will not cause adverse health effects.
§ 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, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Avoid using chlorine bleach in your laundry during this time. Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice (as to the method of removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water).
Still, you should also know that this Process will begin on Sunday morning, October 11, 2020 and last until Saturday morning, November 7, 2020. To this end, your patience and understanding are appreciated as USD works to further improve the quality of our water service systems. In the meanwhile, 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.