As part of the State required regular maintenance of the distribution system, the Beaufort County Northside Water System will use free chlorine rather than chloramines, a mixture of chlorine and ammonia, as the disinfectant beginning April 10th and continuing until May 22nd. This affects all Beaufort County Water customers located North of the Pamlico River.
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, minor 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 beginning April 10th through June 30th.
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.