Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. has extended its water supply modifications through Monday, Aug. 19. The modification began on June 24, and was originally scheduled to end August 5.
With this change, GIWA disinfects the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to chlorine (which is a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines (which is a longer-lasting disinfectant) allows GIWA to perform a water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant.
GIWA is currently conducting repairs inside their two-million gallon water storage tank on the island. Since chlorine is a stronger disinfectant, GIWA has elected to extend the purge for an additional two weeks while repairs are completed, the storage tank filled, disinfected and water samples collected for clearance to put it back in service.
This temporary change in disinfectant does not cause adverse health effects. However, during the period customers may experience a slight increase in taste, odor and color of the water due to the change in treatment.
Customers on kidney dialysis who use a proportioning machine to prepare dialysate at home are advised to contact their equipment supplier or physician.
Customers who have fish tanks or other aquatic species are advised to contact the local pet store to ensure proper pretreatment of the water before adding or changing the water in the tank to avoid any problems associated with chlorine.
If you have any questions concerning this change in disinfectants call 964-2423.
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