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The Cities of Louisburg and Paola, through the Marais Des Cygnes Public Utility Authority (MDCPUA) will begin a free chlorine burnout of the water distribution system starting Sept. 2, 2020, with residual lasting up to a month. The free chlorine burnout is a change in the disinfection process from chloramines to free chlorine and is a necessary process to eliminate any nitrification or build up in the distribution system. This free chlorine does not contain ammonia. This is a normal procedure and our water quality experts monitor this process closely to ensure optimum levels of disinfectant are present. Due to this temporary change, customers may experience a temporary change in taste and odor, as well as a discoloration of the water. This discoloration is due to the mineral build up in the pipes being removed by the flushing action. There are no associated health risks or cause for concern. This temporary treatment change practice is recommended by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Here are some commonly asked questions about free chlorine burn outs and its purpose: