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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Water taste and smell to normalize

April 10, 2017

Water system annual winter maintenance period ends

Water supplier returns to normal operations today

LITTLE ELM (April 10, 2017) Today, the annual cool-weather maintenance of the water distribution system conducted by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) comes to an end.

                The conclusion of the maintenance period also marks the point at which the water will start to return to normal and will no longer exhibit the occasional odor or taste in the next few weeks, says Kevin Mattingly, Little Elm Public Works Director.

                “Every year, the Town’s water supplier conducts the maintenance program using essentially the same method,” he said.  “And, every year, some people who are sensitive to taste and smell, detect the change.  There is, however, no change in the quality of the water.  The water continues to be safe for all uses.”

                During the maintenance period, personnel at the NTMWD water treatment and distribution facilities temporarily alter the usual treatment process from chloramines (chlorine combined with ammonia) to chlorine without ammonia, which has no change on the water quality, to keep the system at an optimum level.

                This practice, approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, diminishes the need to flush water from the system during the warmer summer months, saving significant amounts of water at a time when it is most needed.

                “Putting up with a little change in the taste and smell is actually a small price to pay for ensuring the cleanliness of the system, and saving water during the summer,” said Mattingly. 

                Little Elm is among the overwhelming number of area cities and towns that purchase and locally distribute water from the NTMWD to residents and businesses for consuming and irrigation.

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