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BTMUA to Conduct Distribution System Flushing in Spring; Possible Temporary Water Taste Change

The Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority, BTMUA (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority, BTMUA (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority announced this week that it would begin flushing the city water distribution system this spring, during which time the agency will temporarily modify its disinfection process.

The BTMUA will begin its system-wide flushing in April, the agency announced Wednesday, part of a periodic required maintenance effort. The project will take through June 2024 to complete.

“During this time, the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority will temporarily modify the disinfection process of water treatment from chloramine residuals to free chlorine,” the announcement said. “Free chlorine is commonly used in public water supplies as a disinfectant.”

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: “Chlorines have a higher oxidizing potential than chloramines, but residual chloramines are more persistent and may provide better disinfection from source to tap.”

As a result of the temporary change in disinfection type, customers may experience a more noticeable chlorine taste and odor in their tap. In addition, they may experience low water pressure and some discoloration of water.

“This is normal and no cause for concern,” the announcement said.

The MUA also said its workers will likely be seen working along roadways throughout the township during the flushing process.

“If you are driving in areas where flushing is taking place, please drive cautiously for the safety of yourself and our employees,” the agency said.

Anyone with questions can call Brick Utilities at 732-458-7000, ext. 5389.

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