Prosper residents may notice something slightly different about the taste and smell of the water that runs from their faucets in coming weeks.
From March 2-30, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the town’s water supplier, will conduct its annual system maintenance.
Like other towns and cities, Prosper purchases most of its water from the NTMWD.
“The maintenance of the system, always done during the cooler months, does not affect the purity or usability of the water,” explained Water Conservation Education Coordinator Tristan Cisco.
During the testing, chlorine will be added to the water supply to eliminate bacteria and oxidize contaminants.
Usually, chlorine is combined with ammonia to create chloramines, which produces longer-lasting water treatment as water makes it way to consumers.
However, without the addition of ammonia, the taste and scent of the cholorine disinfectant may be more evident to some people, especially those with heightened senses.
Chlorine maintenance by water suppliers is allowed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, as it helps to reduce the need for the NTMWD to flush systems during the summer months. This practice also results in water conservation.
Monthly and annual water quality reports, as well as annual system maintenance testing results, can be viewed at ntmwd.com/water-testing/.
“At the end of the month-long chlorine maintenance period,” Cisco said, “the taste and smell will return to normal.”
In the meantime, consumers may find it helpful to refrigerate water overnight, or add slices of citrus fruit to their drinking water to minimize the chlorine taste and odor. Also, a crushed 1,000 mg tablet of vitamin C may be added to bath water to help remove chlorine.