Sarasota County Public Utilities to temporarily change water disinfection process

April 6, 2023 —

According to the Sarasota County website, “The Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority and its partners are performing a cleaning process of the regional drinking water systems. Sarasota County gets more than half of its drinking water from the Authority.

Starting Monday, April 10 through Sunday, May 14, Sarasota County will be performing this cleaning of the county’s water distribution system. This is a common practice to temporarily disinfect drinking water with only chlorine rather than the county’s normal process of using chlorine combined with ammonia. This process will last approximately 35 days. This process meets all federal and state standards for drinking water.

While this cleaning process will allow chlorine to move through the water distribution system and may cause a change in the taste, smell, and color of your water, the water will be completely safe to drink. Should you experience these temporary changes, you should flush your plumbing system by running faucets until the water runs clear; however, boiling water is not necessary.

While your water will be completely safe throughout this process, customers on kidney dialysis who use a proportioning machine to prepare dialysate at home are advised to contact their physician or equipment supplier out of an abundance of caution to obtain the appropriate steps to accommodate the change in water disinfection, and to install the proper filtering devices, if needed.

Customers using the water for aquariums should continue to use the common practice of monitoring the chlorine residuals. Customers should also check for discolored water before adding clothes to their washing machine.”

For more about the chlorine conversion process, please visit the following link or call 311.