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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Temporary Conversion to Free Chlorine of Water

Important Notice to Water Customers

The City of Margate’s Department of Environmental & Engineering Services (DEES) will be performing its annual super-chlorination of the water mains during the period from July 27 through August 16, 2021. 

This temporary conversion of our disinfecting agent from chloramines to free chlorine is a proactive measure that prevents bacterial growth in the water mains and keeps the water safe for potable uses. The maintenance program, which is a normal procedure for water systems, is supported by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and will include daily testing to monitor water quality and measure the effectiveness of the program. After this process is completed, the Department will return to our standard disinfection procedure using chloramines. 

During this period, customers may experience a slight increase in the taste and odor of chlorine in the water, but these temporary conditions should not cause adverse health effects. 

Customers on dialysis who use a proportioning machine to prepare dialysate are advised to contact their physician to obtain the appropriate steps to accommodate the change in water disinfection. 

Customers who have allergies or skin conditions are advised to consult with their physicians to ascertain any appropriate precautions they should observe during this period with respect to drinking or bathing in the water. 

Customers who have fish tanks or aquatic species are advised to contact a professional aquarist to avoid any problems associated with chlorine. 

Fire hydrant flushing activities during the event may cause cloudy, discolored water; however, this condition will be temporary, and will clear within a few hours. We regret any inconvenience you may experience during this period. 

If you pay water bills for a condominium or rental property, (residential and commercial), please notify your residents and/or tenants accordingly. To obtain additional flyers free of charge, or if you need more information about this temporary change in treatment process, please contact the City of Margate, Department of Environmental & Engineering Services (DEES) at (954) 972-0828. 

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