Published: November 11, 2015

    Chlorine Residue in the City of Boca Raton: When Public Water Disinfection Hits High Gear

    On November 8, 2015, the City of Boca Raton Utility Services Department announced a two-week modified disinfection process was in effect. The more aggressive treatment provides additional protection against bacteria, but means drinking water will contain chlorine residue instead of the relatively weaker chloramine residue. The process will continue until Sunday, November 22, 2015.

    Source: City of Boca Raton, Florida
    Source: City of Boca Raton, Florida

    What does this mean for the citizens of Boca Raton? Some may notice an increase in the chlorine odor or taste to their drinking water. The utility department notes this condition will be temporary and will not cause “adverse health effects.”

    Despite this assurance, some Boca Raton residents will need to take precautions, as the methods for testing and removing free chlorine residue differ from chloramine. The residue may cause negative effects in users of kidney dialysis machines, and be toxic to captive fish and aquatic animals. Pet stores, aquarium hobbyists and stores or restaurants with seafood holding tanks were advised to take precautions to protect their pets and aquatic livestock.

    Chlorine exposure can cause dry, itchy skin, and may aggravate existing skin conditions such as eczema. The chemical also damages sebum, a natural lubricant that protects hair, resulting in split ends, weaker hair strands, and a loss of glossiness. Chloramine has similar, if less noticeable, effects.

    Boca Raton residents with point of entry water filtration won’t have to worry about any of this. Pelican filters reduce chlorine, chloramine, and other residual chemicals before water enters the house, ensuring you crisper, clearer drinking water and showers that won’t leave your skin and hair dry and itchy. Filters with ultraviolet features provide an additional layer of protection, reducing any waterborne bacteria that make it through public water disinfection.

    Of course, installing a point of entry system takes time. If you need a short-term solution to temporarily reduce chlorine residue in your water, we recommend a point of use water filter for drinking and cooking, and a chlorine-reducing shower filter to protect your skin and hair.

    You deserve the best possible quality out of your drinking water—quality public water doesn’t always deliver.