The Tampa Water Department will temporarily change its water disinfection process to chlorine between September 7-28, 2021. During this period, the department will use chlorine instead of chloramine to disinfect the water distributed to all Water Department customers.
This temporary conversion is a routine switchover that protects the quality of drinking water by preventing bacteria from occurring in our water lines. It also offers a sustainable alternative to losing millions of gallons of drinking water by releasing water via the City’s hydrants to clean out the water lines. The Water Department will collect and test water samples throughout our service area to assess the effectiveness of the temporary change in disinfection method.
Customers who are sensitive to chlorine may notice a stronger smell or taste of chlorine during this switchover period. To minimize this effect, the Tampa Water Department recommends:
- Run the tap for a few minutes before using.
- Fill a pitcher of water and let it sit for several hours to allow any residual chlorine to evaporate.
- Consider installing a carbon filter on kitchen/bathroom faucets or shower heads or replacing existing filters with new ones.
Populations with Special Considerations: Individuals and business owners who already take special steps to remove chloramine from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities and aquatic pet owners, will want to take the same precautions during this temporary switch to chlorine.
For more information, contact City of Tampa Utilities at (813) 274-8811, Option 2, or visit tampa.gov/ChlorineDisinfection.