The Town of Southern Pines Water Treatment Plant (WTP) will temporarily change the method of disinfection used in its public water supply, beginning March 1, 2020. The WTP normally uses chloramine, a controlled mixture of ammonia and chlorine, to disinfect water. Beginning March 1st through April 1st, the WTP will use chlorine only, also known as "Free Chlorine". The periodic and temporary conversion from chloramines to free chlorine, which is a normal procedure for water systems, ensures water safety in distribution lines and the highest quality of drinking water. Free chlorine is a stronger disinfectant than chloramine. As a results, the users may experience a slight change in the aesthetics of their water during conversion, which may include noticeable "chlorine odor" or slight discoloration. These characteristics should lessen after the first few days and do not affect the quality or safety of the water supply. The WTP will monitor chlorine levels and water quality standards in the distribution system on a daily basis to ensure the safety of the water and that all state and regulatory standards are met. For more information, please call David McKew, Water Treatment Plant ORC., at (910)281-4719.