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Hollywood’s Annual Water Line Flushing Program Set to Begin July 22nd

July 13, 2023

The City of Hollywood Department of Public Utilities will begin its Annual Breakpoint Chlorination, AKA Free Chlorination, System Flushing Program on Saturday, July 22nd, 2023. The Free Chlorination portion of this program will end Sunday, August 27th, 2023. Water Distribution System Line Flushing may continue across the City for an additional two weeks to achieve Optimal System Maintenance through Thursday, September 7th, 2023.

The Annual Flushing Program changes the water disinfection type temporarily and uses high water volume pressure to rid the water distribution pipes of accumulated sediments. Flushing is accomplished by Utility Staff opening hydrants in a systematic manner and may temporarily cause cloudy or discolored water. The water should settle and clear within a few hours after the pipes have been flushed. The cloudiness comes from sediments in the pipes and are not harmful or hazardous.

Flushing typically takes place in the evening hours between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) when the demand for water is low. During the water line flushing period, the Water Treatment Plant will temporarily change its method of disinfection from Chloramines to Free Chlorination. Residents may notice a change in the taste and odor of the water during this time but the water remains safe to drink.

PLEASE NOTE: The City will discontinue Free Chlorination as of Sunday, August 27th, 2023. Owners and managers of businesses with Fish and Shellfish holding tanks and users of Kidney Dialysis Machines are advised that regular methods for testing and removing Free Chlorine will not be effective during the remainder of the flushing period. It will be necessary to test and adjust for Chloramines after Sunday, August 27th, 2023.

Should you have further questions, please call the City of Hollywood’s Water Quality Department at: (954) 967-4230 Option#: 2. Or the City of Hollywood’s Water Treatment Plant at: (954) 967-4230. Ask for Luis Montoya, Public Utilities Manager or Jorge Marin, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent.

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