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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Fall Water Quality Maintenance and Water Treatment Plant Switch - Updated 10/10/19

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, the Gloucester Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin the annual fall distribution system disinfectant switch from monochloramine to chlorine.  On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the DPW will begin a city wide water distribution system one to two week “fall flush”, to establish chlorine throughout the distribution system.  After four to five weeks following the disinfectant switch the DPW will switch back to monochloramine from chlorine and the DPW will then flush for one to two weeks throughout the distribution system to restore monochloramine. 


The annual distribution system fall disinfectant switch and spring unidirectional flushing has greatly helped the DPW with the maintenance of water quality in the distribution system.  These practices combined with water treatment plant upgrades have also significantly reduced customer colored water complaints too.

 

During the switch to chlorine in the distribution system, a chlorine odor may be noticeable, which will not be noticeable when we return to monochloramine.  If discolored water is experienced, running of cold water is recommended as flushing can disturb normal flow patterns.  If water quality problems persist please contact the DPW at (978) 325-5600, so spot flushing can be performed.

 

Additionally on October 17,  2018, the DPW plans to switch water treatment plant operation from West Gloucester to Babson as a part of routine operations.

 

Thank you

 

Lawrence A. Durkin, P.E.

DPW Environmental Engineer

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