Annual city water system treatment began Tuesday

O’FALLON – Illinois-American Water Company began the annual treatment of their water system on August 21. Illinois-American Water will be temporarily changing the type of disinfectant used in the water as they always do this time of year. Instead of combining the chlorine in the water with ammonia, they will be adding chlorine only. The city will be notified when they go back to the normal type of disinfectant in approximately four to five weeks.

The safety of the water will not be affected by this temporary change. Many water plants use chlorine in the free, uncombined form on a regular basis. Illinois-American Water will continue to supply high-quality water that meets the requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

There is no need to boil the water. If an objectionable difference in odor is noticed, please allow the water drawn from the tap to sit in a refrigerator for a few hours.

Dialysis patients and renal care facilities should be aware of these changes and adjust their health care practices accordingly.

This change is needed to remove residues that have been collected due to their normal disinfection practices.