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<br /> <br /> <br />Contact: Public Works Department <br />Name: Michael Spears, Water Resources Specialist <br />Phone: 360-379-5001 <br />Email: <br /> <br /> <br />For Immediate Release – September 17, 2018 <br /> <br /> <br />HEADLINE <br /> <br />Notice of Temporary Testing of Drinking Water <br />Within the next few days, you may notice an increased chlorine taste and/or smell in the City’s drinking <br />water. <br /> <br />As recommended by the Washington State Department of Health, the City of Port Townsend is <br />conducting a study to confirm the effectiveness of the baffle design in our reservoirs. Baffles in our <br />water storage tanks help to provide the required contact time for the disinfecting agent (chlorine). On <br />Monday, September 17, the City temporarily increased the chlorine dosage by 75% and is monitoring <br />the chlorine residual to see how long it takes for water to pass through the reservoirs. The temporary <br />increase in chlorine residual is within the normal range for water treatment disinfection. It is expected <br />that chlorine levels at customer taps will be back to our usual range within 7 to 10 days. <br /> <br />If you have any questions, please call the City of Port Townsend’s Department of Water Quality at (360) <br />379-5001. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />