March 2 through March 30 is when the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) performs the annual chlorine maintenance of our water system. If you notice a slight change in smell or taste, try these tips:
- Fill a pitcher of water and place it in your fridge overnight. This allows the chlorine to dissipate.
- Add a slice of cucumber to a glass of water for a few hours to improve the taste.
All 13 cities on the NTMWD water system undergo maintenance at the same time. Normally, chloramines (a combination of chlorine and ammonia) are used to treat our water. For this maintenance, the level of chlorine remains the same but no ammonia is added. Chlorine prevents bacteria, parasites and viruses from growing in our drinking water. For added care, the NTMWD and the City of Plano test the water year-round and during the maintenance period.