City to begin its bi-annual chlorine treatment of water

Questions? Concerns?Call the city's public works department at 668-7283

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Residents in the City of Alice may notice an unusual smell in the city's water beginning Monday, as the city begins a routine bi-annual chlorine increase in the city's water supply.

City Manager Albert Uresti said the chlorine increase is part of a routine maintenance that is conducted twice a year to prevent high levels of algae in the raw water supply and in the water distribution lines.

"It's a safety precaution," Uresti said. "It purifies the system, just in case there's anything out there."

Uresti said the chlorine increase is purely a routine matter, and is not in response to any negative findings by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Although residents may notice a strong chlorine odor and taste in the water, all chlorine levels will be within TCEQ approved levels during the increase, Uresti said, and the water will be completely safe for use.

"It's not anything the citizens have to be concerned about," Uresti said.

"But they may notice it."

The increase has been approved for the period of Monday through Dec. 26, officials said.