The Gasparilla Island Water Association Inc. will temporarily change the disinfection process for its Placida and Boca Grande potable (drinking water) water supply.
From 8 a.m. Monday, May 21, through July 2, GIWA will disinfect water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines).
This conversion to chlorine, which is a stronger disinfectant, from chloramines, which is a longer-lasting disinfectant, allows GIWA to perform a water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as a primary disinfectant.
This temporary change does not cause adverse health effects. Customers, however, may experience a slight increase in taste, odor and color of water during the change in treatment.
Customers on kidney dialysis who use a proportioning machine to prepare dialysate at home are advised to contact their equipment supplier or physician to take any appropriate steps to accommodate the change in water disinfection and install the proper filtering devices.
Customers who have fish tanks or other aquatic species are advised to contact the local pet store to ensure proper pre-treatment of water before adding or changing the water in the tank to avoid any problems associated with chlorine.
If you have any questions concerning this change in disinfectants call GIWA Executive Director Bonnie Pringle at (941) 964-2423.