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It's That Time of the Year for Smelly Water

WASA changes water disinfectant temporarily

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    It's That Time of the Year for Smelly Water
    Tim Graham
    Smell that? It's WASA trying to keep your water clean.

    WASHINGTON -- Some D.C. area residents may notice a change in the smell of their water next month, but it will still be safe to drink.

    Beginning April 6 and continuing through May 4, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will chlorine to treat the water instead of the usual disinfectant, chloramine. This change takes place annually to help keep the water clean.

    Residents living in D.C., Arlington County, Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County may notice a slight difference in the taste and smell of their tap water. To lessen the change, refrigerate water overnight.

    Some may also notice a discoloration of their water, but running the tap cold should for a bit should return the water to clear.

    People with special health concerns should consult their doctors.

    Questions? Call the following:

    • D.C. WASA: 202-612-3440, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or 202-612-3400, 24 hours
    • Arlington County: 703-228-6570, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or 703-228-6555, 24 hours
    • Falls Church City: 703-248-5071, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or 703-248-5044, 24 hours