Residents of Dania Beach and Hollywood may soon notice their tap water tasting a bit odd. It’s part of an effort to clean the system of the slime bacteria, molds and algae that can build up in any water system over time.
Instead of getting out the scrum brushes, municipalities simply increase the amount of chlorine in the water that runs through their pipes.
The increase in chlorine in the water is not a safety issue says Philip Skidmore, chief operator of the Dania Beach Water Plant.
“It’s just more of a maintenance procedure that we perform,” he says. In particular, “people may notice while they’re taking a shower [that there is] a little bit stronger smell of chlorine in the water.”
People on dialysis will need to take steps to mitigate the change in the water as do people who plan on changing the water in their fish tanks. Skidmore suggests using a carbon filter, which should be replaced after the cleaning.
The City of Fort Lauderdale runs its system twice a year but Dania Beach, a smaller system, only runs once a year. Dania Beach, Hollywood and the Southern Regional Wastewater Treatment System in Broward County will start their cleaning treatments on Monday, Oct.13, and will run for a month. Plantation has already begun its cleaning process.