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Victoria makes changes to water disinfection

April 26, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2013 at 11:27 p.m.


Victoria is making a change to its water disinfection process Tuesday.

The city will convert the process back to chloramines from a free chlorine process, a change made annually to maintain water quality, according to a news release from the city.

While the monthlong change to free chlorine is intended to flush the system, the change back to chloramines can cause problems to people who depend on dialysis machines, according to information from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

If the disinfectant is not completely removed from the water used for dialysate, a condition known as hemolytic anemia can occur, according to TCEQ.

In addition, chloraminated water may be toxic to fish. Aquarium chemicals or filters should be designed for use in water that has been treated with chloramines. You may also need to change the type of filter that you use for the fish tank.

The city has been using a chloramine purification process since it converted to surface water in 2001. The monthlong annual change is recommended by TCEQ.

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the water disinfection change should contact Jimmy Roach, deputy director of Public Works, at 361-485-3380 or David Burger, manager of the surface water treatment plant, at 361-485-3315.

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