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Westmoreland authority: Water with chlorine odor is safe

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County customers who smell chlorine in their water should not be worried, officials of the water authority said.

The authority increased the level of chlorine in the water system in late October after a malfunctioning filter at the George S. Sweeney Treatment Plant in Bell caused more than 120,000 customers to boil all water for more than 94 hours, said authority manager Chris Kerr.

“We upped the chlorine when we had the boil alert,” Kerr said. “We're well within the standard levels.”

Kerr said the onslaught of cold weather leading up to Thanksgiving might have caused some residents to endure a stronger chlorine smell.

“Cold water causes chlorine to dissipate at a slower rate,” Kerr said. “This is nothing unusual.”

Kerr encouraged residents who have experienced a more noticeable scent to notify the authority.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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