The City of Reidsville is planning a routine preventative maintenance service on its water distribution systems from March 5 until May 7. This process will involve a temporary switch from chloramines to chlorine to optimize water quality in the distribution systems.
This will be the third time this periodic maintenance program has been performed since the City switched over to chloramines in 2011. The process change is strongly recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State to preserve water quality by ensuring persistent disinfection levels exist in the distribution system. Both chlorine and chloramines have been used safely in the United States for many years.
Once the chlorine gets fully into the system, water users may be aware of the taste and smell of chlorine. This is normal and will not affect water quality. When the maintenance process ends and the switchover back to chloramines occurs, the taste and smell of chlorine will simply disappear.
The City will be issuing a citywide CodeRED announcement just prior to the beginning of the maintenance process as a reminder to customers. Water users may contact the Public Works Department at 336-349-1070 or the water treatment facility at 336-342-4002 if they have any questions.