According to the Safe Drinking Water Act, community water systems are required to maintain a level of free chlorine throughout the water distribution system. Chlorine is added to the water to chemically destroy any potential bacteria in the water. As an additional benefit, chlorine can mask the taste or smell of sulfur that is dissolved naturally in ground water. Free chlorine is the chlorine in the water that has not been ‘used up’ in chemical reactions, we always want some chlorine to remain in the water so it can travel throughout distribution system and arrive at customers’ homes chlorinated. While Water Utility Management regularly monitors the chlorine levels at the wells, we also employ chlorine monitors to monitor the chlorine levels throughout the distribution system.
Chlorine monitors are water customers, and they provide a valuable service to their fellow customers. Their duty is to sample the water at their home spigot every day, conduct a simple test, and record their results. Chlorine monitors also inform Water Utility Management should a problem arise with the level of chlorine in the water. The residual chlorine at a customer’s home spigot should remain between 2 and 9 parts per million (ppm) (a .2 to a .9 on the test wheel). If the chlorine falls out of this range, the chlorine monitor will call us and we will adjust the level of chlorine injected into the water.
How To Become A Chlorine Monitor
From time to time, Water Utility Management will send a mailer to a subdivision to replace a chlorine monitor who is leaving or to obtain a new chlorine monitor. If you desire to become a chlorine monitor, please respond to this mailing. Usually, the job will be given on the basis of aptitude, good billing history, and on a first-to-call basis.
Chlorine Monitor Instructions:
For testing the chlorine at your home, please follow these basic instructions:
- Set up kit and identify all of its components
- Open spigot/ faucet fully and allow water to run fully open for 20-30 seconds
- Rinse test tubes
- Fill both test tubes with water
- Add reagent powder to one test tube
- Replace lid on test tube and shake
- Put both samples into viewer with the test sample (the one you put powder in) on the inboard side
- Hold view finder up to a white background and rotate wheel until both windows match
- Record Results and report as necessary.
New Policy – If the chlorine report is not received by the 6th of the month, NO CREDIT will be received for that month. This is to encourage timely submittal of the reports. There are always exceptions to the rule such as out of town trips and family emergencies.
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