If you’re one of these conspiracy theorists who thinks the government is messing with the water supply and that’s why High Point tap water smells funny – well, this time you’re correct.
On Monday, May 4, the City of High Point announced that it’s switching back to a previous method of disinfecting the city’s water supply. On May 12, the city will begin changing from the current use of chlorine, back to chloramines – chemical compounds that contain both chlorine and ammonia – for its water disinfection. The city is doing so after conducting “a routine water quality preventive maintenance program” that lasted just over two months.
This program, which started in early March, involved using chlorine instead of chloramines to disinfect the water that comes out in taps across the city. According to High Point water officials, the change was important to maintain the safety of the drinking water and optimize the city’s water quality.
The switch back to chloramines from chlorine will take about two weeks to complete.
In a May 4 press release, city officials stated that water drinkers may notice the change.
“During this time, some users may notice temporary taste or odor differences,” it reads, adding that no one should be alarmed by that. “This is a normal part of the transition, and the water quality will not be impacted. Both chlorinated and chloraminated water are safe for drinking, cooking and other general uses.”
Some people who use the water for more specialized purposes may need to “take precautions” or make changes. City officials stated that some users – like medical facilities offering kidney dialysis, people with fish tanks or ponds, or businesses that use the city’s water in their production process – may have to make adjustments to the filtration and treatment systems they’re currently using.
Water customers with questions are being instructed to call the City of High Point’s customer service line at 336-883-3111 or the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. Some information may also be found at the EPA’s website and at www.highpointnc.gov/waterqualitymaintenance.