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  • peterpepper Feb 19, 10:54 a.m.

    timexliving
    chances are fracking will be coming to Durham, then it will be the cause when that happens.

  • saunch09 Feb 19, 8:15 a.m.

    Hey charmcclainlovesdogs2,
    Where do you think the water you "buy" comes from. A tap, my friend, do some research. It's not some magical stream in your fairy wonderland. Not to mention the harmful plastic bottle your bought water comes in. How do you expect the city to clean and treat our dirty water for our use, wave a magic wand?

  • JoeF Feb 18, 7:26 p.m.

    @timexliving What makes you think there is no fracking going on? Step away from that spigot with that match! Pftt!

  • Ex-Republican Feb 18, 5:58 p.m.

    Tainted water and no fracking! Go figure.

  • slayerhil Feb 18, 4:21 p.m.

    This happens pretty much every year during/around the month of April. Raleigh does the same thing. This is nothing out of the ordinary.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 3:26 p.m.

    I would not drink this water. It don't sound or look safe. Buy your water.

  • powerpuffjenn Feb 18, 1:43 p.m.

    what are they going to be doing with all the water they are charging me for and they just WASTE during this 'flush'? they SHOULD be storing it and using it to water plants this summer, etc.

  • ginufine3011 Feb 18, 12:51 p.m.

    So I have to waste water and money while running water until it clears up? I hope they adjust water bills - iron fist

    You might be on to something...lol...this is one way for cities to make more money. Everyone's water bill is gonna be higher than usual, at the end of the month, w/o compensating for the extra water usage.

  • wayneboyd Feb 18, 12:20 p.m.

    Will it be any cheaper??

  • bobbyj Feb 18, 11:42 a.m.

    got love water that tASTE AND SMELLS DIFFERENT. Pretty sad.

  • caji3162 Feb 18, 11:41 a.m.

    They just stop for a month so they will comply with the state and federal regulations. Then, they revert back to the "BAD" water for our bodies. Tap water is NOT good for you.

  • iron fist Feb 18, 10:50 a.m.

    So I have to waste water and money while running water until it clears up? I hope they adjust water bills

  • cyrasiane Feb 18, 10:33 a.m.

    To complete the earlier posting (I got interrupted and the post is somewhat fragmented--sorry about that), in order to get the distilled water to not have the chloramines in it, I would have to first draw water through the PUR filter and THEN distill it! This added cost to the process since I had to change out the filter every 30 days in Largo. With electric rates being so high in Florida, once the distiller konked out, I began buying distilled water from the grocery store.

  • cyrasiane Feb 18, 10:13 a.m.

    The only way I know to remove chloramines from city water is by charcoal filtration. Even steam distillation does not remove it. This I know from experience. I lived in Florida for 30 years. The city water even in the 70's caused GI tract upsets for me. So I began distilling my water with a portable steam distillation unit. When the City of Largo switched from chlorine disinfection to chloramines, I noticed a strong smell of chlorine in the distilled water. Did some research and found out that chloramines cannot be removed from steam distillation alone. The chloramines convert somehow and remain intact in the steam produced by the unit, then remain in the water as it condenses back to a liquid. I purchased a PUR faucet mounted filter with the 3 stage filtration (which includes To answer one comment on this board, YES, charcoal filters should remove chloramines in the water. Distilled or spring bottled water is the only other alternative I can think to recommend.

  • TheRealist1953 Feb 18, 9:55 a.m.

    "they're required to stop for 1 month each year."
    Really?? WHY?? Except to save $$ during flushing, why stop?

    Unless, of course, the reason is the ammonia 'builds up in the body' and a month off lets it 'flush out'.

    AND "Residents receiving kidney dialysis treatment as well as aquarium and pond owners should continue to take special precautions to remove traces of ammonia and chlorine from the water prior to using it." - why not add to the story HOW TO FILTER THE STUFF AT HOME??? I went to the City web site and they don't give info either.

    Does I need just charcoal filters, or what??????

    This adds up to 'poor story writing'.

  • DurhamDevil Feb 18, 9:46 a.m.

    I always knew there was something in the water in Durham.

    Bartmeister

    And the Durham bashing continues...the next time one of the neighboring towns runs short of water during a drought and needs to bum it from Durham, just take a pass and go thirsty, OK?

  • albegadeep Feb 18, 9:38 a.m.

    FromClayton, found this at http://www.faypwc.com/water_treatment.aspx
    "the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources requires all water systems using chloramination [chlorine + ammonia] to suspend the addition of ammonia for a one-month period each year. This ensures control of any biological growth that may have occurred in the water distribution system."

  • FromClayton Feb 18, 9:33 a.m.

    "... in order to meet annual state and federal water requirements."

    The way this is written, it almost sounds like they're temporarily stopping so their water will pass a test. Not the case, though - they're required to stop for 1 month each year.

    albegadeep

    I totally thought that too. Why do they have to stop for 1 month? I didnt think this stuff was a concern until I read this, now something seems strange.

  • albegadeep Feb 18, 9:05 a.m.

    "... in order to meet annual state and federal water requirements."

    The way this is written, it almost sounds like they're temporarily stopping so their water will pass a test. Not the case, though - they're required to stop for 1 month each year.

  • Bartmeister Feb 18, 8:31 a.m.

    I always knew there was something in the water in Durham.

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