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Water system burnout set for October 11

PALESTINE, OCTOBER 4, 2017 – Palestine’s yearly Water Distribution System Burnout will be initiated at midnight on Wednesday, October 11.

This process is accomplished by turning the ammonia off at the treatment plant, which produces a free chlorine residual that will kill bacterial growth in the distribution system. This procedure is recommended by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to help achieve and maintain the required .5 parts-per-million chlorine residual. Residents may experience chlorine smell or red water for approximately one to three weeks.

Ammonia will be turned back at midnight on November 1. If residents experience red water, they may pick up a product called Red-B-Gone for free at the Public Water Works Utilities Office at 310 Debard St.

For more information on water quality, visit the TCEQ website at tceq.texas.gov.

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