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Posted at 4:08 PM ET, 05/14/2010

Chlorine water treatment to end

By Washington Post editors

The Washington Aqueduct water treatment plants will return Tuesday to using chloramine -- chlorine plus ammonia -- to disinfect water.

The aqueduct had been using chlorine -- a temporary measure to keep water mains clean and free of harmful bacteria -- since February.

The Washington Aqueduct treats and provides water to D.C., Arlington and the City of Falls Church.

Customers may continue to notice a chlorine taste and odor in the water for about a week after the switch. Officials said the taste may be reduced by refrigerating a pitcher of drinking water overnight.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
Tags:  Chlorine, Disinfectant, Drinking water, Washington Aqueduct, Water purification  
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