Water Disinfection Process

Temporary Changes in Water Disinfection Method Feb. 25-Apr. 5, 2019

Fuquay-Varina residents may notice a slight change in the taste and color of their water during the five week period from Feb. 25 thru April 5.  Beginning February 25th, water suppliers for the Town of Fuquay-Varina which include Harnett County Public Utilities, Johnston County Public Utilities and Raleigh City Water,  will temporarily stop feeding ammonia with chlorine for disinfection and start feeding chlorine only to its water treatment disinfection process.

State and federal regulations require that all public water systems feed chlorine only for at least three weeks each year to insure that no bacteria are present which may have adapted to the ammonia in the water.

Some users of water may be affected by the temporary change in the treatment process. Water customers should be aware that residual traces of ammonia and chlorine must be removed from the water prior to its use in fish aquariums and ponds, kidney dialysis and some commercial manufacturing of food and beverage.

All counties will also conduct flushing of the their water distribution system during this period to speed the removal of chloramines from the system. The flushing process may result in some minor and temporary discoloration of water that does not affect water quality.

If you have any questions about this temporary change in the water treatment process, contact Public Utilities at pu@fuquay-varina.org.