Sugar Land making change to drinking water

July 22, 2013 8:03:36 AM PDT
The city of Sugar Land will be making a change when it comes to public drinking water, starting next month.

The city plans to change from chlorine to chloramines to disinfect its public drinking water on August 15. The city says the change is necessary as Sugar Land transitions to the use of legislatively-mandated surface water. They say the chloramines will reduce the level of disinfection byproducts in the city's water system while providing protection from waterborne disease.

The change can impact people on dialysis machines, according to the city. A toxic condition known as hemolytic anemia can happen if the disinfectant isn't completely removed from water used in the dialysis machine.

Typically devices like charcoal filters are used to remove chloramine from the water. Medical care facilities should determine if additional steps are needed in light of the city's change.

The city has notified residents of the change. If you have questions about it, you can call 281-275-2450.

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