NOTICE FROM OSCEOLA WATER WORKS REGARDING WATER QUALITY CONCERNS

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We have recently received complaints regarding the taste and odor of our water.  At this time, Osceola Water Works is going through some changes to the disinfectant in use. Normally, our water system uses something called chloramines for disinfecting the drinking water. Periodically, we switch to free chlorine (or breakpoint chlorination), which is a stronger disinfectant. Free chlorine is used while the water system prepares to flush the distribution system. Due to the weather, we have not been able to flush the system.  Flushing the water mains improves water quality by removing sediment that slowly builds up in the water

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NOTICE: Watch for Water Works Annual Treatment Change

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Starting in October, Osceola Water Works will begin transitioning to winter maintenance and will be making a change in the water treatment process. While residents may notice a difference, there will be no cause for alarm. In early October, the water works department will begin their annual fire hydrant flushing program. This process allows OWW to perform routine maintenance on the hydrants and to clean out sediment that has settled in the water mains. Department employees will open the fire hydrants and allow them to flow freely for a short period of time. Residents may notice a slight discoloration or trace amounts

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NOTICE: Water Works Annual Treatment Change

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Starting in October, Osceola Water Works will begin transitioning to winter maintenance and will be making a change in the treatment process. Residents may notice a difference, but will have no cause for concern. In early October, the water works department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing program. This process is a way to perform routine maintenance on the hydrants and to clean out sediment in the water mains. Department employees will open the fire hydrants and allow them to flow freely for a short period of time. Residents may notice slight discoloration or trace amounts of sediment in

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Osceola Water Taste & Seasonal Water Changes

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The Osceola Water Works has confirmed that West Lake, the resource used for Osceola’s drinking water recently turned over, causing our drinking water to have an unusual taste and odor. Lake turnover is the process of a lake’s water turning over from top to bottom. During the summer, the surface layer is the warmest. It is heated by the sun. The deepest layer is the coldest. The sun’s radiation does not reach this cold, dark layer. During the fall, the warm surface water begins to cool. As water cools, it becomes more dense, causing it to sink. This dense water forces the deep water

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SPECIAL NOTE: Osceola Water Taste and Odor – Updates

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An update from Osceola Water Works regarding taste & odor issues: A note from Brandon Patterson, Osceola Water Works Superintendent. As the Superintendent of Osceola Water Works, I take great pride in the fact that Osceola Water Works makes the delivery of safe quality water its number 1 priority. We follow all state regulated requirements and are happy to say we haven’t had any violations regarding our water system since 2012. I would like to commend Lezlie Ceran for her extensive research regarding water quality improvement. As pointed out on the Osceola Scoop water quality can be improved in the

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