Texas Town Changing Disinfectant to Improve Water Supply

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) – Different chlorine will be used by a South Texas city working to improve its water supply after issues including a four-day usage ban in December.

Corpus Christi officials on Tuesday announced plans to temporarily change water disinfectant, starting March 6, with the chlorine conversation lasting up to eight weeks. It’s part of the process to eventually introduce a supplemental disinfectant, called chloride dioxide, to further protect the supply.

Corpus Christi last May issued its third boil-water advisory in a year after nitrogen-rich runoff from rain flowed into the water system. A chemical leak at an asphalt plant triggered a days-long water ban in December.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved the chlorine changes. Users who notice a strong chlorine odor can shake the tap water or refrigerate it.

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