• Water system to be flushed

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  • American Water
    American Water’s Fort Leavenworth Water Treatment Plant is planning to adjust its treatment process as part of its regular, ongoing hydrant maintenance and flushing program. This program improves water quality by flushing or cleaning mineral deposits and sediment from water mains and is part of American Water’s commitment to providing high-quality customer service.
    Starting July 17 and continuing potentially until Sept. 1, the company will switch its disinfection method to a form of chlorine known as “free chlorine,” which does not contain ammonia. Chlorine is commonly used in public water systems as a disinfectant and is monitored closely by water quality experts to ensure optimum levels are present. Because of the temporary change in the type of chlorine, however, customers may experience a more noticeable chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the next two to eight weeks.
    The temporary switch in treatment is being done in advance of the annual water main flushing program, which is scheduled to begin the first week of August. Flushing is scheduled to occur during daylight hours and continue through early October.
    “The temporary switch is designed to prepare water mains at the Fort Leavenworth base for the annual flushing maintenance program, making the routine flushing of water mains more effective and ensuring we maintain our high-quality water standards,” said Ed Winton, general manager.
    While no interruptions in water service will occur as a result of the work, American Water advises that when crews are flushing nearby, customers may experience a drop in water pressure or some discoloration of their water. American Water recommends that any customers experiencing discolored water let their cold water run to clear before using it again and refrain from doing laundry during that time. Any water discoloration or low pressure problems should last only a short period of time. If problems persist, contact American Water at (913) 758-9272.
    People undergoing dialysis treatment should contact their hospitals and/or local dialysis centers for appropriate treatment adjustments for free chlorine rather than chloramines.
    The water main and hydrant flushing will be performed by American Water crews, who will be working out of white utility trucks labeled with the company logo. All employees will also have photo identification badges.
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