Annual two-week water system disinfection set for next month in Graham

Annual two-week water system disinfection set for next month in Graham
Source: KAUZ

GRAHAM, TX (KAUZ) - The City of Graham and the Graham Police Department are notifying the public of a 'burn out' set to take place next month.

According to a post on the police department's Facebook page, the annual disinfection burn out is done once a year and is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ.)

What happens is the city's water transmission and distribution system goes through a cleaning process that makes sure it remains biofilm growth free.

For this to happen, "a switch from disinfecting treated water by use of chloramines to disinfecting by use of free chlorine only is made."

The timeline for this process to be completed will take two weeks and it will take place from August 1 to August 14.

City officials said the only disinfectant in the treated water during the two week period will be free chlorine.

The chlorine residual will be elevated but still within TCEQ requirements and will give the water a chlorine odor.

During the process, the biofilm will break free ad discolor the water due to older infrastructure. Water meters will be flushed from both the city's side and resident's side during the process.

While the water will have a chlorine odor it will be safe to drink. If water customers have any questions they are encouraged to call city hall at (940) 549-3322.

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