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Bossier City businesses react as water chlorine burn begins

Sue Cobb, owner of Cobb's BBQ on McCormick Street in Bossier City, reports the water chlorine burn has not impacted her business yet. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA) Sue Cobb, owner of Cobb's BBQ on McCormick Street in Bossier City, reports the water chlorine burn has not impacted her business yet. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
Bossier City will conduct a chlorine burn to disinfect its water distribution system for about 28 days starting April 17. (Source: KSLA News 12) Bossier City will conduct a chlorine burn to disinfect its water distribution system for about 28 days starting April 17. (Source: KSLA News 12)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Starting Monday, Bossier City utility customers might notice their water has a stronger smell and taste of chlorine as the utilities department begins its 28-day chlorine burn.

But officials say it will be safe to drink.

Chlorine will be used to cleanse the water distribution system.

Whereas Bossier City normally treats its water with a small amount of ammonia along with chlorine, this burn removes the ammonia and raises the chlorine levels.

"Elevates the chlorine in the water system to basically flush and clean the distribution system, the pipes," said Bossier City Public Information Officer Mark Natale.

During the time of the burn, people also may notice open fire hydrants and, possibly, overflowing water storage towers.

"Hydrants throughout the city, from time to time, being opened and flushed to get that chlorine through the system," Natale said. "Folks may notice some of our water towers appear to be leaking and that's going to be like an overflow as part of the flushing system."

During the $35,000 project, which Natale reports is less than half of what 2014's chlorine burn cost, he hydrants will be opened to flush sediment from the pipes and help distribute the disinfectant.

Overflowing water storage towers further aid in the flushing.

In addition to the chlorine taste and smell, officials said, customers might notice their water is discolored or cloudy.

"During this process, the water will be safe to consume so there's going to be no worries there," said Natale.

The hydrant flushing should remove most of those issues, but some might reach customers' lines.

However, some local businesses reported no changes in their water on Monday.

The owner of Cobb's BBQ on McCormick Street, Sue Cobb, told KSLA her business opened back in 1952 and it's as timeless as her customers' taste in water.

"Those who drink water....don't worry about what water tastes like!" Cobb said with a laugh.

She said her restaurant already has water filtration through their drink machines.

"Our cold drinks and drinking water all comes through the filtering system in the drink system there so we haven't noticed any difference and none of the customers, of course, have noticed any kind of difference," she said.

In Cobb's eyes, the water chlorine burn is like the construction surrounding her business and nearby Barksdale Boulevard: An investment in the community.

"They're investing a lot of money on this street. Bossier City is really a good place to be," she said.

Bossier City leaders report this flushing prevents any bacterial buildup in their water pipes and they're now considering conducting burns like these every two years.

If your water turns cloudy or discolored, turn on your faucets until it clears.

Customers also might notice small air pockets and minor fluctuations in water pressure.

City officials say customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should talk with their doctor about whether they need to change their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures during the chlorine burn.

And customers who use water for aquariums should monitor free and combined chlorine residuals, officials advise.

Residents with further questions about the chlorine burn can call the city at (318) 741-8466 during normal business hours and at (318) 741-8371 after hours.

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