“Free chlorine” treatment ends for all City water customers

(Wednesday, February 20, 2008)  The City of West Palm Beach has ended the temporary use of the free chlorine disinfection method for all of the City’s water customers.  Water is now being treated using the “chloramine” (pronounced “chlor-uh-meen”) disinfection method, which was the City’s standard treatment method prior to recent free chlorine treatment.

“We have made significant progress in our efforts to improve the quality and reliability of the City of West Palm Beach’s water,” said Mayor Lois J. Frankel.  “The process of upgrading our entire water system will continue to be a priority.”

The City had continued to use the free chlorine treatment method in recent weeks due to repairs and upgrades being made to a storage tank, and not because of bacteria levels in the water.  The expert group that is currently operating the water treatment plant, U.S. Water Services, says the overall water quality has been greatly improved in recent months.

Residents with questions may call the City’s 24-hour hotline, 561-822-2222.