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Chemical change impacts Raleigh water taste

Posted April 4, 2012 10:44 a.m. EDT
Updated April 4, 2012 11:18 a.m. EDT

— 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.