Customers of Florida Governmental Utility Authority have been notified that beginning Aug. 1 it will be conducting system flushing and temporarily changing the disinfection process for the drinking water supply in Lehigh Acres.
The FGUA conducts system flushing as part of its prudent utility practice. Flushing will remove sediment from the system that has been in the pipes for a long time, FGUA officials said.
Sediment left in the pipes has led to odor and discoloration in some areas, which occurs as chlorine that is used to treat the water subsides.
When FGUA temporarily changes the disinfection process, your water will be disinfected with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines).
This conversion to free chlorine - a stronger faster-acting disinfectant - from chloramines, which is a longer-lasting disinfectant, allows the FGUA to perform a water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant.
This temporary change in disinfection will last about 30 days and is expected to end Aug. 31.
This process will not cause adverse health effects. However, during this period, you may notice some discoloration, officials said.