PALESTINE, TX—A local resident recently questioned the city’s practice of “chlorine burnouts,” a process experts describe as a system-wide flushing of free chlorine throughout the water distribution system. One of the promoted benefits is to ensure there are no issues with Naegleria fowleri, also known as brain-eating amoeba. Our resident, recently nicknamed “Red”, says he’s not sure he trusts what he’s being told.
When he read about the January chlorine burnout, Red said he contacted city hall to ask if the water would be safe to drink and he was told, “Yes, without a doubt the water is most certainly safe to drink throughout this process. Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur. Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.”
Red says his facial discoloration is indeed a nuisance and an embarrassment and it makes him really angry, but he readily admits “I do like the way I smell, it’s like I’ve been in a swimming pool all day long and so no matter how much I sweat, I still smell like fresh chlorine.” City officials have promised to review current procedures regarding chlorine burnouts. Red just wants to know if his looks will eventually return to normal.