Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. will conduct its yearly change to the water treatment process during May as a preventative-maintenance measure. Members may notice a temporary and harmless difference in the smell or taste of their tap water.
“BSU performs this yearly water treatment change to help prevent bacteria from developing resistance during the usual disinfectant treatment process,” said Andy Koebel, BSU director of operations. “Although there is a temporary change to the taste and smell of the water, it is still safe to drink and use for general household purposes.”
Water used for kidney dialysis and aquariums should go through additional filtering during this water treatment change. BSU recommends those using at-home kidney dialysis machines contact their equipment suppliers, so proper filtering equipment can be installed. Tropical fish and aquatic animal owners should check with tropical fish stores to learn how to pretreat tap water before adding to tanks.
By temporarily switching to a free chlorine residual, BSU removes the small amount of ammonia that is used during the usual water disinfection process to prevent bacterial resistance. The change ensures that BSU’s water continues to remain clean, safe and drinkable.
To help the treated water reach the entire system as quickly as possible, fire hydrants will be flushed more often than normal throughout the month. Members who have questions about the process can call BSU weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 239-992-0711.
BSU produced more than 3.6 billion gallons of potable water during 2018, using two water-production processes. The utility blends water produced through the traditional lime-softening process with water from its reverse-osmosis facility for optimum taste and quality.
Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1970. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association. For more information, visit www.BSU.us.