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Anyone notice chlorine smell to tap water lately?

Original post made by IsItTheWater?, Crescent Park, on Sep 2, 2013

In the past couple weeks I've noticed our tap water seems to have more and more of a chlorine odor. Anyone else notice same?

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

This is interesting, because just tonight I was saying how I didn't like the taste of our tap water, and in past I haven't noticed anything. We all know we are supposed to have good water here Could this have to do with the fire near Hetch Hetchy reservoir?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

I heard that they were shifting water from near hetch hetchy to reservoirs farther away from Yosemite. Perhaps this stirs up sediment or requires more ... and it is chloramine, not chlorine, that is in our water.

Chloramine is almost impossible to get out of water, unlike chlorine that will evaporate if you leave it standing.


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Posted by Foster City anon
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

Thanks for your posting. I've recently noticed a stronger chlorine odor in our water in Foster City and Googled to see if more chloramine is being used since the fire near Hetch Hetchy.


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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2013 at 10:27 am

Have others noticed more valve failures since we switched to chloramine?

I can well imagine coincidence or inferior manufacture as an explanation, but I have seen a cluster of failures since this change and wonder if anyone can provide informed speculation on the possibility of this causal relationship.