As part of annual, routine system maintenance, the Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA) will temporarily change its water disinfection process from a combination of chlorine and ammonia (chloramine) to chlorine only April 10-24, 2023.
This annual routine maintenance practice allows GCWA and the Galveston County communities it serves, including WCID #1, the opportunity to flush their water systems to prevent taste and odor problems that can occur during summer months.
Water users may notice some water discoloration, cloudiness or chlorine smell during the disinfection period. These conditions are harmless and temporary. The chlorine maintenance process has not been linked to any adverse health effects.
CONCERNS? Call WCID #1 Customer Service, (281) 337-1576, Option 1. As part of the disinfection process, municipalities and water districts will flush their systems by opening fire hydrants, which should remedy any issues.
SPECIAL NOTE: Owners of fish and reptiles should follow standard water treatments using products that remove both chlorine and chloramine from the water.
Dialysis centers will continue to treat the water to remove all chemical disinfectants, including chlorine and chloramine, before the water is used for dialysis. Home dialysis users should consult their machine manufacturers for instructions on how to properly treat their water before use.