2022 Chlorine Switch

2022 Chlorine Switch 

Beginning on November 28, 2022 and lasting until approximately December 28, 2022, the disinfectant in the drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine.  During this time, customers may notice a change in taste and smell of the drinking water.

The switch in disinfectants from chloramine to chlorine is a preventative maintenance measure to clean our water distribution system and improve water quality.  During the temporary switch, the City of Weatherford Water Utilities will also conduct system-wide hydrant flushing to enhance water quality.  This program is a common practice for many U.S. water systems that normally use chloramine throughout the year.  

City of Weatherford Water Utilities Dept. routinely collects and tests water samples throughout the year to monitor for disinfectant levels throughout the city and will continue to do so during this period.

While it is normal to notice a change in taste and smell of the drinking water during this process, there are steps that a customer can take to reduce the taste or smell of chlorine, if a customer desires:

  • Run the cold water tap for 2 minutes or run it for 5-10 minutes when the water has not been used for several hours.
  • Refrigerate cold tap water in an open pitcher.  Within a few hours, the chlorine taste and odor should have lessened.

Individuals and business owners who take special precautions to remove chloramine from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities, and aquatic pet owners, should continue to take the same precautions during the temporary switch to chlorine.  Most methods for removing chloramine from tap water should be effective in removing chlorine. Individuals with special health concerns should consult a health care provider on the use of tap water during the temporary switch.

If you would like further information, please review TCEQs Facts About Drinking Water Disinfection and the Free Chlorine Conversion Process.  For aquatic animal care, review these frequently asked questions from the CDC.