Chlorine is our chosen disinfection treatment. While it does an excellent job of killing the microorganisms that may be harmful to you, chlorine also reacts with minute levels of naturally occurring organic materials commonly found in all drinking water. This reaction forms compounds called "disinfection byproducts." We must meet drinking water standards for two groups of disinfection byproducts compounds. Byproduct levels found in water depend primarily on:
• The amount of natural organic material in the water
• The amount of chlorine used to treat water
• The amount of time it takes water to reach the customer
Byproduct levels vary from source to source. They often increase during the warmest months when the water supply has its highest levels of natural organic material and chemical reactions happen faster. We work to minimize byproduct levels and have adjusted portions of our system operations.