Bossier City to conduct free chlorine burnout of its city water distribution

MGN Online
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 3:28pm

In a response to an order issued by the Department of Health and Hospitals as a way to ensure that there are no issues in municipal water systems with Naegleria fowleri, also known as brain-eating amoeba, Bossier City Utilities Department will be conducting a free chlorine burnout of its water distribution system.

The burnout will begin on Friday, February 21, 2014.

This even is expected to alst for 60 days.

While the Bossier City water system has not experienced any instances of this parasite, the free chlorine burnout is an added precautionary step.

Currently, Bossier City uses chloramines for disinfection of drinking water.

During this free chlorine burn, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine.

Customers may notice open fire hydrants throughout the city during this period and possibly overflowing water storage towers.

The fire hydrants will be opened to allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant.

Overflowing water storage towerse further aid in the flushing process.

Currently Bossier City uses chloramines for disinfection of the drinking water. Chloramines are created by combining chlorine and ammonia. During this free chlorine burn, the disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Bossier City will be using this disinfection. Customers may notice open fire hydrants throughout the city during this period and possibly overflowing water storage towers. The fire hydrants will be opened to allow flushing of the system to help remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant. Overflowing water storage towers further aid in the flushing process.

The water is safe to drink throughout the 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.

Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloratin that may occur.

Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes ar encessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures.

Cusotmers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.

If anyone has any questions, residents may call 318-741-8466 with any questions concerning the free chlorine burnout.

After regular business hours, please call 318-741-8371.

  

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