Chlorination

Chlorination and Your Drinking Water
Chlorine is used for disinfection at the Plattsburgh Water Treatment Plant as it is at 98% of U.S. public water supplies that are disinfected. It is the only disinfectant available that protects all the way to the tap.

Applying the Chlorine
Chlorine is applied prior to the sedimentation process and filtration at levels necessary to ensure kill of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that are known to cause illness in humans. Chlorine levels leaving the plant are maintained at levels that insure the distribution system is safe from regrowth of biological organisms.

Chlorine Tests
Chlorine residuals leaving the Water Treatment Plant vary from 1.0 – 2.0 MG/L. Each month, in excess of 20 samples are tested throughout the city distribution system for chlorine. Typically chlorine levels average 0.5 – 0.8 MG/L with a range of none detected to 1.8 MG/L.

Issues
We realize that from time to time that chlorine is noticeable to some of our customers. Anyone bothered by this can eliminate the Chlorine taste or odor by placing a pitcher of water in the refrigerator and letting it sit for several hours. If your water smells like bleach call us at (518) 563-1188. We will investigate the cause and make adjustments where possible.