Changes ahead in taste, smell, look of Collier County water


NAPLES, Fla. – County residents may notice a difference in the taste, smell and appearance of their water as early as Tuesday when the Collier County Water Division makes changes to its water system.

The first of two changes will alter how county water is disinfected. The county is temporarily switching from chlorine and ammonia to just chlorine, according to the water sewer district. The use of chlorine was suggested by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Collier County Water Division said. It will take place between Oct. 14 and Nov. 18.

Using chlorine provides a stronger disinfectant during water treatment but the mixture of chlorine and ammonia lasts longer, the water division said. The temporary switch over could change the taste and smell of customers’ water. It could also affect pet fish and people on dialysis, the water district said.

The second change could make water cloudy and change its color, the water district said. Residents could see those changes between Oct. 14 and Nov. 23 when crews flush the water system and fire hydrants in an effort to get rid of sediment in the water mains, the Collier County Water Division said. These efforts will happen every day from 7 a.m. until midnight. Authorities said the water is safe to drink, but could stain laundry.

Customers with questions are asked to call the Collier County Water Division at (239) 252-6245.

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