As part of the State required regular maintenance of the distribution system, the Beaufort County Southside Water System will use free chlorine rather than chloramines, a mixture of chlorine and ammonia, as the disinfectant beginning September 4th and continuing through the month of November. This affects all Beaufort County Water customers located South of the Pamlico River except those in the Whichard’s Beach area.
The change from chloramines to free chlorine involves flushing water from hydrants. It is important to understand that flushing may result in some discoloration and the presence of sediment in your water. Please refrain from washing laundry if any discolored water is noticeable, as it could stain light-colored clothing. Cloudiness, pressure fluctuations, and possibly a slight increase in chlorine odor or taste may also occur. These conditions are nuisance only. Crews will flush during day and night hours.
Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals. Please keep in mind that this task is part of our ongoing efforts to provide a safe, potable water supply for our drinking water customers. If you have any questions, please call the Beaufort County Water Department at (252) 975-0720.