For Immediate Release October 18, 2013
Rigo Leal, Public Information Officer, 303-651-8840
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Chlorine to Help Restore Lyons' Water System
City water may taste different for a few days
October 18, 2013 - Longmont has been working with the Town of Lyons to help bring Lyons’ water system back into service after it sustained damage in the September floods. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is requiring Lyons to flush their system with water containing higher levels of chlorine in order to insure that the system is safe before regular water service starts.
Since the Town of Lyons purchases treated water from Longmont and pumps it into their distribution system, Longmont will be assisting Lyons by raising the chlorine levels at the City’s water treatment plant for a few days. Longmont’s water system is much larger than Lyons, so the higher chlorine will be reduced by dilution with water that is already in the system before it reaches Longmont customers.
However, it is likely that chlorine in Longmont’s water will be higher than usual for a few days during the week of October 21. Although the water may taste different, it is still safe to drink and all chlorine levels will still be well below those allowed by State and Federal drinking water regulations.
The City appreciates our customers’ patience and understanding while we help Lyons restore water service to their citizens.