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Bridgewater Police Department
Thursday January 10th, 2013 :: 02:48 p.m. EST


NJ American Water advising of increased smell & taste of chlorine in tap water as part of its annual maintenance program.

NJ American Water has announced a change in the water treatment process for its water customers in Somerset and five other counties as part of its annual pipeline maintenance program.

The water utility will change the water treatment from a mixture of ammonia and chlorine to free chlorine at its Raritan-Millstone water treatment plant in Bridgewater and its Canal Road water treatment plant in Franklin Township beginning Monday and continuing through February.

For this period, customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in their tap water, which is normal and temporary until the system maintenance is completed, according to the utility.

The utility said it will monitor water quality continuously to ensure that it meets or exceeds federal and state drinking water standards.

Somerset County customers in Bedminster, Bound Brook, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Franklin, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, Millstone, Montgomery, North Plainfield, Peapack-Gladstone, Raritan, Somerville and South Bound Brook are expected to be affected.

Customers can help remove the taste and smell of chlorine by following these steps:

Place water in a glass container in the refrigerator overnight uncovered.

Bring your water to a rolling boil for five minutes and allow the water to cool.

Add a lemon slice or a few drops of lemon juice to a glass of drinking water.

Bridgewater Police Department
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Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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