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Silverdale Water District chlorinating entire system

If you notice that your water tastes a little off or there’s a reddish tint that wasn’t there before, don’t be alarmed.

It’s only part of the Silverdale Water District’s voluntary plan to add a touch of chlorine, also known as sodium hypochlorite, to the output of its 15 wells. The district’s Board of Commissioners approved adding the chemical on May 13 and customers were notified on their last billing statement.

“You really can’t tell by smell or taste,” district general manager Morgan Johnson said, noting that a couple of wells have been chlorinated for the past 15 years. The chlorination program will start Tuesday and be completed by November 2004.

The discoloration would come from a reaction with the chlorine and minerals in the pipes. Running the water for a couple of minutes will make it safe for cooking or laundry.

Johnson said that customers who notice their water change color should call the district so crews can come out and do additional line flushing.

“We just completed our annual line flushing so that got out most of the stuff the chlorine will react with,” he said.

“The Washington State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water (ODW) supports the district’s decision to chlorinate their drinking water and applauds the district’s proactive efforts to protect public health,” said Jerrod Davis, assistant regional manager for the ODW Southwest Regional Operations. “Chlorination is effective in fighting against potential contamination in the water distribution and storage systems. ODW believes that this is an important measure to provide safe and reliable drinking water.”

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