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Chemical change impacts Raleigh water taste

Posted April 4, 2012

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— The City of Raleigh made a change last month to how it disinfects drinking water, prompting some residents to notice a different taste in their water.

Usually, the city adds ammonia along with chlorine to limit a chlorine byproduct called trihalomethanes. For about six weeks, beginning Feb. 24 and ending this Friday, the city did not add the ammonia. The result is not dangerous to drink, but the water could taste different. 

During the past six weeks, the city also flushed its water pipes, which could have some water customers seeing discoloration.

Raleigh water customers, which includes some residents of Rolesville, Garner, Knightdale, Holly Springs, Wendell, Wake Forest, Zebulon and Fuquay-Varina, will see and taste that their water has returned to normal by the weekend.

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  • linspace Apr 4, 2012

    We need to get rid of those useless state and federal rules that protect your clean well water! Those nice oil and chemical companies will make sure that your water is protected - just elect more REPUBLICANS to protect them and get rid of all of those useless government rules that protect our drinking water, right wingers?
    geoso

    Now, if only we could come up with a chemical to put in the public water supply that would eradicate liberal thinking or eliminate left wingers all together.. and the real problems in this country will be solved permanently. Right wing enough for ya?

  • wral suks bauls Apr 4, 2012

    Just glad Im on a private well. I dont live in raleigh, but if I did, I'd still have a well drilled. Forget paying per gallon for water, and forget paying for water that always tastes like chlorine. Almost every person I know that has city water has an aweful tasting water. Even when you shower, you can 'smell' the chlorine.

  • geosol Apr 4, 2012

    We need to get rid of those useless state and federal rules that protect your clean well water! Those nice oil and chemical companies will make sure that your water is protected - just elect more REPUBLICANS to protect them and get rid of all of those useless government rules that protect our drinking water, right wingers?

  • geosol Apr 4, 2012

    This is just *terrible*!!! Why should i have to pay for clean drinking water when those nice huge corporations keep telling us that they will fix everything if the REPUBLICANS can just give oil companies some more huge tax breaks? I like clean water, i just want other people to have to pay for it.

  • kikinc Apr 4, 2012

    You guys can have your bottled water. I'll take my Brita filer any day. My filter cost $20 on sale, and I get the filters on sale for about $5 apiece. Much cheaper than drinking bottled water.

  • seanleinart Apr 4, 2012

    @OrangeRN - No disillusionment here. I was merely clarifying what drilling a well in Florida equates to, it is not quite the same as say drilling a well in NC. Is the Floridian Aquifer polluted by runoff and groundwater? Yes it is, I didn't say that it was not. Although, the many layers of limestone formations that make up the Aquifer that are referenced in the document that you pointed me to, act as a huge filter for the Aquifer. The point that I am making is that generally any water coming from a "drilled" well in Fla. regardless if Nestle owns it or Mr. Rogers owns it, is going to taste better and be more drinkable, with less processing than the water that comes out of my faucet in Raleigh. I also have a basis for my comparison, I lived in North Fla. for 30+ years not very far from where the referenced study was conducted. So I know the water tastes better :) But, that is just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions....

  • computer trainer Apr 4, 2012

    We have well water and I just love it. It is always so nice and cold and tastes crisp!! SO GOOD!!

  • not my real name Apr 4, 2012

    Glad I'm on well water.

  • bigredtruckman Apr 4, 2012

    This is why I am so glad I have a deep, cold well. My water is very tasty!

  • hangry Apr 4, 2012

    I feel kind of funny

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