Residents on Public Wholesale Water Supply District 23 may notice a change of taste or smell in their water next month.
The district provides water to Fredonia, Altoona, Buffalo, Thayer, Howard, Galesburg and seventeen rural water districts. Part of routine maintenance on the system includes changing the water disinfection process for a short time next month. During this time, the amount of ammonia in the drinking water is reduced while keeping the chlorine at the same level. This practice is commonly known as a Chlorine Burn Out and helps to ensure a high level of disinfection throughout the distribution system. Any change in taste or smell of the water is normal and not harmful. The maintenance will be performed August 1st through the 31st.