How do we treat your water? And why?

The Pittsboro Water Treatment Plant uses:

  • Ammonium Hydroxide is used in conjunction with chlorine gas to produce Chloramines for disinfection.
  • Caustic Soda is for PH and Alkalinity Control.
  • Chlorine Gas is a disinfectant as well as an oxidant.
  • Ferric Sulfate is also used to make the particles bind together.
  • Hydrofluorosilicic Acid is commonly called fluoride and is used to help prevent tooth decay in children.
  • Phosphoric Acid is a corrosion inhibitor that works by putting a protective film on the inside of the pipes in the distribution system.
  • Polyaluminum Chloride is used to make negatively charged particles bind with positively charged chemicals.
  • Sodium Permanganate is an oxidant used to lower Total Organic Carbon in the source water.

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1. How do we treat your water? And why?
2. What do we test for?
3. What are Chloramines?
4. Does the Town use Chloramines year round?
5. Are Chloramines and Chlorine safe?
6. Are there any concerns for anyone using Chloramines or Chlorine water?
7. Do I need to treat my tap water for my aquarium?
8. Why are some hydrants left open?
9. What should I do if my water is discolored or has an odor?
10. What makes the water look cloudy or milky?
11. What should I do to clear up cloudy or milky water?
12. Is bottled water safer than tap water?