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Johnston County to temporarily treat water with chlorine only

Posted February 23, 2014

— The Johnston County Water Treatment Plant will temporarily stop feeding ammonia with chlorine for disinfection on Monday, and instead, start feeding chlorine only for Johnston County residents on the Johnston West water distribution system.

The chlorine-only water can be toxic to tropical fish. Most residents will not notice a difference in their water, but some may detect a chlorine odor and might observe a slight color change, officials said.

The plant will return to a chlorine and ammonia mixture on or about April 8.

County officials will also flush the Johnston West water distribution system 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, officials said.

The Johnston West distribution system supplies water for residents and businesses in areas including Wilson’s Mills, Clayton and some serviced by various private utilities including Aqua and Utilities, Inc. Benson residents should not be affected. Smithfield will be disinfecting with chlorine only over the same period.

Those with concerns or questions should contact Johnston County Public Utilities at 919-989-5075.


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  • heard-it-all-before Feb 24, 2014

    they do this all the time and the smell never goes away. johnston county water is TERRIBLE. i won't drink it. i won't bathe in it. frankly i even hate pouring it on plants. it's disgusting and it drives me crazy when they tell us to go back to sleep, it's harmless. drink up kids. have another glass. tumor in your throat? that couldn't possibly have come from the public utilities. good luck proving it. here have a glass of pool water and you'll feel better...