Annual Water Maintenance May Increase Chlorine Smell/Taste

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Published: February 11, 2016 @ 6:08 AM EDT

New Jersey American Water has released their annual statement regarding the routine maintenance of changing its water treatment process from chloramines to free chlorine. Chloramines are a combination of ammonia and chlorine. Roselle Park, along with 54 other municipalities, will be affected.

The change will begin Monday, February 15th, and last through the end of April. New Jersey American Water stated that during this period, customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in their water. The company has asserted that this is normal and will only be temporary until the system maintenance is complete. Water quality will be monitored to ensure that it meets or surpasses federal and state drinking water standards.

Below is a list of municipalities affected by the treatment:

  • Bedminster
  • Belle Meade
  • Bound Brook
  • Branchburg
  • Bridgewater
  • Chester
  • Clark
  • Cranbury
  • Cranford
  • Dunellen
  • Elizabeth
  • Edison
  • Fanwood
  • Flemington
  • Franklin
  • Garwood
  • Green Brook
  • Hillside
  • Hillsborough
  • Hopewell Township
  • Jamesburg
  • Kenilworth
  • Kingston
  • Lawrence
  • Linden
  • Manville
  • Martinsville
  • Middlesex
  • Millstone
  • Monroe Township
  • Montgomery
  • Mountainside
  • North Plainfield
  • Peapak/Gladstone
  • Piscataway
  • Plainfield
  • Plainsboro
  • Pottersville
  • Princeton
  • Raritan
  • Roselle
  • Roselle Park
  • Readington
  • Scotch Plains
  • Somerville
  • South Bound Brook
  • South Brunswick
  • South Plainfield
  • Tewksbury
  • Union
  • Warren
  • Watchung
  • Westfield
  • West Windsor
  • Winfield Park.

New Jersey American Water has advised customers who wish to reduce the taste of chlorine to place water in an uncovered glass container in the refrigerator overnight to dissipate the chlorine.

Anyone needing more information visit New Jersey American Water’s website (link) or by contacting the company’s representative at (856) 782-2371.