Some water systems to temporarily change to chlorine

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:33 AM

PORTSMOUTH-Residents of Suffolk, Portsmouth and in several areas of Chesapeake and Isle of Wight County will likely notice a change in the taste and smell of their tap water.

From May 1 for about three weeks, the localities are changing the chemical used to clean the water. The water will contain chlorine instead of chloramines.

"Residents may notice a slight swimming pool odor during the switch to chlorine. And it may be noticeable the last day," said Ronnie Ricks, Operations Supervisor at Portsmouth Water Treatment Plant.

Officials stress the water will be safe to drink and you do not need to boil it, even if you notice a discoloration. Officials say that's normal and will go away.

AFFECTED AREAS:
Portsmouth
Suffolk
Chesapeake: Western Branch, Cavalier, Camelot and Brentwood
Isle of Wight: customers of the Western Tidewater Water Authority

Click here for a map of the affected areas.

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