High chlorine levels shut down Holland water system

Published 7:50 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A group of about 20 homes in the Holland community will be without water service for the next several hours, as public utilities employees work to flush the well system that provides water to the homes.

Water quality technicians discovered unusually high levels of chlorine in the water that comes from the community well and began working to correct the situation, according to a city press release issued at 7 p.m.

The homes are located on Jolly Lane, Windmill Lane and Ruritan Boulevard. They have been provided with bottled water to use while the system is down, and Suffolk officials are asking that the residents flush the water from their own pipes while the city works on the larger issue.

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The public utilities department has been in contact with the Virginia Health Department’s Office of Water Programs and has been told the extra chlorine does not pose any health risk, according to Suffolk spokeswoman Debbie George. Some residents, however, may notice a chlorine odor in the water.

The community well system, which was acquired in 2005, is not connected to the city’s drinking water system. The well serving the area is scheduled to be replaced within the next 30 days, George said in the press release.

Door-to-door notifications have been made, and staff members are expected to remain on the scene until the flushing operation is complete in three to four hours, according to George. Residents will be notified when that process is complete.

For more information, call the Department of Public Utilities at 514-7000 and choose option 1.