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South Hills residents raise drinking water concerns – CBS Pittsburgh

BROOKLINE, Pa. (KDKA) – Some neighbors in the South Hills have questions about a recent change in the look and taste of their drinking water.

They reached out to KDKA investigator Meghan Schiller and asked, “What’s wrong with the water?”

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Forget the taste, Tammy Garvin said she can’t stand the smell.

“I don’t trust that. Even though they said it’s okay, you just don’t trust him,” Garvin said.

She’s a Brookline grandmother who said she wouldn’t even give the water to her grandchildren. She joined the conversation about the water on her neighborhood’s Facebook page and kept her comment short and sweet;

“I just wrote there, ‘Yeah, it sucks,'” she said.

It turns out she’s not imagining things. She just kind of missed the message from Pennsylvania American Water.

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The company told KDKA it had temporarily switched sanitizer from chloramine to chlorine. The distinct taste and smell will last through April 25 for customers in southern Allegheny, Washington and parts of Beaver and Fayette counties. The move started on the 14th.

Another Brookline resident took out chlorine test strips he uses for his swimming pool and said the chlorine levels were too high for his liking. He’s buying bottled water for now, but not all residents have noticed a change. Theresa King uses a filter and didn’t taste or smell a difference.

“I’ll still use it and I’ll still brush my teeth and I’ll wash my hands and I’ll still drink from the filter,” King said.

Pennsylvania American Water wants its customers to know it’s safe, adding:

“The process is being conducted to clean up our water distribution system and improve water quality. This annual maintenance program is typical of water systems throughout the Commonwealth and countries that generally use chloramine.”

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The full statement is below:

We understand that changing the aesthetics of your drinking water can be a concern and want to assure our customers that their drinking water meets or exceeds all federal drinking water standards.

In order to maintain this high level of quality, the company carries out system maintenance every year, which is responsible for this temporary change in their drinking water. This maintenance program has been performed every two years since the company switched to chloramines in 2012.

Per the alert you shared, Pennsylvania American Water has temporarily switched the sanitizer in our drinking water for customers in southern Allegheny, Washington and portions of our drinking water systems in Beaver and Fayette County from chloramine to chlorine.

This maintenance program began on March 14th and will end on April 25th. During this time, our customers may notice a slight change in the taste and smell of their drinking water. The process is carried out to clean our water distribution system and improve water quality. This annual maintenance program is typical of water systems in the Commonwealth and countries that generally use chloramine.

Pennsylvania American Water continues to routinely monitor, collect and test water samples to monitor our systems for chloramine and chlorine levels during this transition.

To reduce chlorine taste or odor, Pennsylvania American Water recommends chilling cold tap water in an open pitcher. Chlorine taste and odor disappear within a few hours.

We thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this process and take their concerns seriously.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/03/21/south-hills-residents-concerns-over-change-drinking-water/ South Hills residents raise drinking water concerns – CBS Pittsburgh

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