SLO County drinking water to be treated with free chlorine

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works announced Tuesday that a stronger disinfectant will be temporarily used in the Lopez Project distribution system.

Drinking water in five city areas will be treated with free chlorine. Free chlorine is a stronger disinfection process than the blended chlorine treatment SLO County typically uses. 

According to the Department of Public Works the conversion, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6, helps to ensure water mains remain free of potentially harmful bacteria. 

Due to the County also providing water to the cities of Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano, Avila Beach, and Port San Luis, these areas will also convert to free chlorine.

Officials say the water remains safe to drink by Federal and State drinking water standards but if you have any questions or concerns you are urged to contact your local water supplier. 

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