The following notice was emailed to City of Hutto water customers on Oct. 4, 2021:
The City of Hutto contracts with the City of Taylor to provide water to some of our customers. Therefore, Hutto is sending you this notice on behalf of the City of Taylor. There is no cause for concern. The information is being provided as a courtesy, in case you notice a temporary change in the taste or odor of your water this month. Thank you.
The City of Taylor public water system, (PWS) ID 2460004, will temporarily convert the disinfectant used in the distribution system from chloramine to free chlorine. The conversion will begin this Wednesday, October 6, and continue through Wednesday, October 27. During this period, you may temporarily experience taste and odor changes associated with this type of temporary disinfectant conversion.
Public water systems are required to properly disinfect their water and maintain an adequate disinfectant residual in the distribution system. Chloramine, free chlorine combined with ammonia, is widely used as a disinfectant because it persists for long periods while also limiting the formation of disinfection by-product contaminants. Prolonged use of chloramine coupled with other factors that can impact water quality, such as high temperatures or stagnation of water, may result in the growth and/or persistence of organic matter within the pipes of the distribution system, which may hinder the ability to maintain an adequate disinfectant residual. A temporary conversion to free chlorine, partnered with flushing activities, helps to rid distribution pipes of this organic matter, and improve the quality of your water overall. This is done in coordination with BRA (Brazos River Authority), Hutto and Thrall, to ensure the water is safe and compliant with TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) regulations.
Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (i.e., people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distribution copies by hand or mail.
If you have any questions regarding this temporary water treatment, you may contact Hutto Public Works at (512) 759-4016.