NOTICE OF CHLORINATION
INTENT TO DISINFECT WATER SYSTEM
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
August 15, 2017
As good practice we will be disinfecting the water system in McCloud using a low dosage solution of chlorine in response to seasonal conditions. The current maintenance process was begun August 15th, 2017. We will be re-routing the town’s water supply through the bypass system bypassing the tank. This requires turning a lot of valves and may dislodge rust scale deposits which may be visible in the water. If so, allow your water to run a few minutes to clear it. Rust scale can clog your aerators on sink faucets. They may need to be cleaned.
Starting Friday, August 18th, 2017 we will be treating the distribution system through town with a minimal dose of chlorine (2 mgl. – 4 mgl.) to be certain we have inactivated any organisms that may or may not be present in the system just for good measure. Chlorine has been known to suffocate fish. It would not be a good time to change the water in fish tanks while we are chlorinating. But if you must change the water let the water sit out overnight uncovered to allow the chlorine to dissipate.
None of these activities will cause the water to be non-potable or harmful to humans. Please continue using the water as usual.
What does this mean? This is not an emergency. If it had been you would have been notified immediately. This is a routine cleaning procedure.
Some people, including immune-compromised people, elderly and infants may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. Guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
What should I do? You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective action. However, if you have specific health concerns consult your doctor.
What is the water system doing? MCSD will begin low-dose injection of chlorine into the water system on August 18th, 2017. The addition of chlorine to disinfect the water may react with iron and/or manganese that may deposit into the water mains, breaking it loose and causing some temporary discoloration of the water. This does not present a health threat. Citizens can let the water run for a few seconds to flush the faucets of discolored water before using it for cooking or laundry. The chlorine in the water may affect fish tanks.
If tenants, residents, patients, students or employees receive water from you (owner) it is important that you provide notice to them by posting it in a conspicuous location or by direct or hand mail delivery.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns please call the McCloud Community Services District office at (530) 964-2017 or after hours or on weekends (530) 859-1569. *