Residents in the city of New Plymouth may notice a strong chlorine smell in their water for the next week. This is due to annual routine maintenance that takes place during the hottest months, usually July or August, according to Beau Zeemer, public works superintendent.

Though no bacteria has been detected in recent water samples, the city, as a measure of safety is “shocking” the water system with added chlorine. That chemical will be stronger for about a week.

In an effort to reduce the usual uptick in calls to the public works office that happen when this maintenance is done, Zeemer opted this year to send out a public alert on Monday notifying residents of the water advisory.

“Water quality and safety is being continually monitored at this time,” reads the advisory. “Water will return to normal as soon as possible.”

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