As part of our distribution system (pipeline) maintenance program, Pennsylvania American Water will be temporarily changing its disinfection treatment process at our Oneida Valley and Ellwood City water treatment plants (located in Butler and Lawrence Counties respectively)from a chloramine (combined) residual to free chlorine residual. Weather permitted, the change will take place on March 22, 2017 through approximately April 24, 2017.
During this time period, Pennsylvania American Water also will be flushing the distribution system. Customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in the water as a result of the change. Discolored water also may occur during flushing in your neighborhood. This is normal and will only be temporary while we complete this system maintenance. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important annual maintenance program.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Why is the treatment change needed?
It allows us to perform necessary maintenance on our chemical feed systems and our distribution system.
Is this an approved method of treatment?
Yes. Both are approved methods of disinfection by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.
Will I notice a change in my water service?
When we transition the disinfection process from chloramines to chlorine, some customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in the water. This will only be temporary while we complete this system maintenance.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, as always, we will continue to monitor the water quality to ensure that it meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water standards.
Location: Butler and Ellwood Districts
Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
End Time: 11:30 a.m.
Name: Customer Service Center