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    Des Moines Water...

    Am I the only one that thinks the smell and taste of chlorine in the water has increased a lot in the last couple weeks?



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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Nope, you are not, because it has. I think this was discussed a few weeks ago.


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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Yeah it was on the news the other day. Something about having to kill off the increased bacteria or something.


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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    I love it how melting snow is contaiminating our water, in other words WTF is untreated snow melt doing in the water supply? Makes me feel so safe.


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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I love it how melting snow is contaiminating our water, in other words WTF is untreated snow melt doing in the water supply? Makes me feel so safe.
    DSM gets most of its water from either the Des Moines or Raccoon river.

    It smells terrible right now. I thought my softener was kaput at first.



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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Yes lots of chlorine, as if the dry air didnt dry my skin out enough.



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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Thanks. I don't know how I missed that one? I'm watching the news as much as I'm on CF.



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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Yeah it is really bad at my house too



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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Yeah it's nearing swimming pool levels at my place I think. I guess that's the price you pay for safe water.



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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    Yeah it's nearing swimming pool levels at my place I think. I guess that's the price you pay for safe water.
    Does that come with or without the urine that the 6 year old peed into the pool?


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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Drink more beer.


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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Does that come with or without the urine that the 6 year old peed into the pool?
    No, but a Baby Ruth came out of the faucet the other day.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    No, but a Baby Ruth came out of the faucet the other day.
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    Re: Des Moines Water...

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    Contact Name: Randy Beavers

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    Date: February 29, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    TASTE AND ODOR ISSUES DUE TO SPRING MELTING

    For the next several weeks there may be a stronger-than-normal chlorine or “swimming pool” smell in your water. Chlorine disinfectant is added to the water, and the amount used is carefully managed and monitored. Chlorine levels in the water leaving our treatment plants are tested automatically every minute of every day.
    Disinfection with chlorine is more difficult when ammonia is present in Des Moines Water Works’ source waters. Ammonia consumes chlorine, leaving it unavailable for disinfection. Ammonia levels can spike upward during snowmelt and after heavy rainfalls. This requires addition of extra chlorine to eliminate the ammonia and maintain adequate disinfection. These high-ammonia events can last from two hours to as long as two weeks.
    Rest assured, that the water is still entirely safe to use for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Chlorine levels are monitored closely and never exceed the maximum allowable limit set by EPA.

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    Re: Des Moines Water...

    Yep. A lot more chlorine to kill the ammonia in the water.



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