Taste and odor of water may change, but quality remains high
PROSPER – For virtually the entire month of March, the water delivered to Prosper homes and businesses will arrive at the Town’s distribution system after undergoing chlorine maintenance, says Public Works Director Frank Jaromin, P.E.
“While we purchase water from two sources, the vast majority of residents and businesses will use water we get from the North Texas Municipal Water District,” he said. “The District is conducting their annual maintenance of the water system, and this may slightly affect the taste and odor of the water.” Residents of Glenbrooke Estates, a small subdivision in far west Prosper, are connected to the Mustang Special Utility District for their water supply.
While the smell and taste may be perceptible to those individuals who are sensitive to such minor changes, the quality of the water will remain safe for all uses. The maintenance starts on March 2 and continues until March 30.
The water supplier uses chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia to provide the disinfectant residual in the transmission and distribution systems as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Chloramines provide a longer lasting residual disinfection in water pipelines and storage facilities.
“Annual chlorine maintenance helps reduce the need for the supplier to flush systems in order to maintain chloramine residual during the warm weather periods,” added Jaromin. “This winter/summer process conserves water during the time when the water supply is most utilized.”
This and similar maintenance protocols have been used for almost a century and remain the safest and most effective way to maintain the water system at its highest level of productivity.