The City’s Department of Public Utilities’ Annual Free Chlorine Line Flushing Program began Monday, July 11th. The free chlorine portion of this program will end August 15th. If necessary, flushing may continue across the City through August 25th to achieve optimal system maintenance.
This annual flushing helps rid the water distribution pipelines of any accumulated sediments. The hydrant flushing may temporarily cause cloudy or discolored water, which should clear in a few hours. Residents may also notice a change in the taste of their water during this time as well.The cloudiness is due to sediment in the pipelines and is not harmful or hazardous. You can speed the clearing by opening your faucets and taps and letting them run until your water runs clear.
Typically, flushing will take place in the evening hours between 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. when the demand for water is low.
During the water line flushing period, the Water Treatment Plant will temporarily change its method of disinfection from chloramines to free chlorination. Residents may notice a change in the taste and odor of the water during this time.
The city will discontinue Free Chlorination as of August 15, 2022. Owners and managers of businesses with fish and shellfish holding tanks and users of kidney dialysis machines are advised that regular methods for testing and removing free chlorine will not be effective during the remainder of the flushing period. It will be necessary to test and adjust for chloramines after August 15, 2022.
Should you have additional questions, please call City of Hollywood Water Quality at 954.967.4230 (press option 2), or the Water Treatment Plant at 954.967.4230. Ask for Luis Montoya, Public Utilities Manager, or Jorge Marin, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent.