Temporary Change In Water Treatment Process
As part of its annual pipeline maintenance program, New Jersey American
Water will temporarily change the water treatment process at its
Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant in Bridgewater and its Canal Road
Water Treatment Plant in Somerset from a combined residual (a combination of
ammonia and chlorine) to free chlorine residual.
The change will begin on January 7, 2013 and last through February. During
this time period, customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of
chlorine in their water. This is normal and will only be temporary until the
system maintenance is complete. New Jersey American Water continuously
monitors water quality to ensure that it meets or exceeds federal and state
drinking water standards and will continue to do so during and often
throughout this system maintenance.
Should customers want to reduce the taste of chlorine in their water during
this maintenance, they should follow these tips:
Place water in a glass container in the refrigerator overnight
uncovered. This will allow the chlorine to dissipate at a faster
Bring your water to a rolling boil for five minutes and allow the
water to cool. This should reduce the chlorine taste and smell in the
Add a lemon slice or a few drops of lemon juice to a glass of
For more information visit http://www.amwater.com/alerts/alert17292.html.