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What can I do to reduce the chlorine taste or smell?

Not everyone notices a change in the water during this period. The closer you live to the water treatment plant, the more noticeable the chlorine odor or taste may be. However, those who are sensitive to the changes can reduce chlorine taste and the odor by following these tips:

  • Installing filters on faucets
  • Refrigerating water in an open pitcher - consider adding a slice of citrus/cucumber several hours before using
  • Running tap water a few minutes before using
  • While not required to meet safety standards, whole-home filtration systems can also help reduce taste and odors

If looking to use a filter of some kind, recommend using a National Science Foundation (NSF/ANSI) approved water filter.

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1. What is the temporary change in water disinfection?
2. Why is this change necessary?
3. When does the change occur?
4. Is the chlorine level tested during this period?
5. Why does my water taste or smell different?
6. What can I do to reduce the chlorine taste or smell?
7. Why are fire hydrants flushed during this process?
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