Town of Winterville Temporary Conversion to Chlorine

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 All Day - Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Winterville Water System

Town of Winterville Temporary Conversion to Chlorine

June 1, 2017

Beginning June 21 and continuing until August 1, the Town of Winterville will temporarily change the disinfectant used in the water treatment process. The Town will be using chlorine rather than chloramines during this period of time.

Since August 2012, Winterville has used chloramines, a mixture of chlorine and ammonia, as the disinfectant in its water treatment process.  Chloramines are an effective disinfectant and also reduce the level of byproducts that are regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  State drinking water guidelines recommend that water systems using chloramines periodically switch back to free chlorine (chlorine alone) for a period of time.  This brief, scheduled change in disinfectant is a standard water treatment practice to keep water mains clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria throughout the year. 

During the temporary switch to free chlorine, customers may experience low water pressure at times during the flushing of lines, as well as, notice a slight change in the taste or smell of their tap water. The mild chlorine taste and smell is normal and poses no health risk. Most customers will not need to take any precautions as the water remains safe to drink and is treated according to both state and federal standards. People and businesses that normally take special precautions to remove chloramines from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities and aquatic pet owners, should continue to take the same precautions during the temporary switch from chloramines to free chlorine.

For additional information, please go to or contact Travis Welborn at (252) 215-2428.