To our Little Gasparilla Water customers:
Charlotte County has temporarily changed their disinfection process for Charlotte County. The water will be disinfected with free chlorine rather than chlorine combined with ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to free chlorine from chloramines allows the utility to perform a distribution system purge as recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant.
This temporary change in disinfection does not cause adverse health effects. However, during this period you may experience a change in the taste, odor and/or 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 physician or equipment supplier to obtain the appropriate steps to accommodate the change in water disinfection and to install the proper filtering devices, if needed.
Customers who have a fish tank(s) or aquatic species are advised to contact a professional aquarist to ensure proper pretreatment of the water before adding or changing the water in the tank to avoid any problems associated with chlorine.
The flush of the distribution system will allow the free chlorine to move quickly throughout the distribution system. There may be short-term changes to the water quality during flushing including cloudy or discolored water. While this water is safe to drink, there is a possibility that it may possibly discolor clothes that are laundered. Please flush any cloudy or discolored water that may enter the plumbing by running a faucet for several minutes.
Charlotte County has stated that the smell will be less and less as the systems circulate the water. They anticipate that this process will continue through May 15.
For any further questions, please contact Ashton Boyer at 941-626-8295