Boca Raton to treat water for city, FAU during next two weeks

The process will affect 129,000 residents, including those who live at or near the university.

Photo courtesy of the City of Boca Raton Twitter page.

Photo courtesy of the City of Boca Raton Twitter page.

Benjamin Paley, Contributing Writer

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If the tap water at Florida Atlantic has a bit of a chlorine taste or smell, don’t worry — the city of Boca Raton is just treating its water supply.

Students, faculty and staff received an email from the university on Nov. 4 explaining that the city would begin a two-week treatment starting on Nov. 6. The city also released an official notice on its website regarding the treatment process.

“The City does this disinfection process twice a year to maintain the integrity of the system,” said Chrissy Gibson, the communications and marketing manager for Boca Raton.

According to Gibson, approximately 129,000 people receive their water from the city, including those who live and work at FAU.

“The temporary conditions will not cause any adverse health effects,” the notice said. “The change in treatment will provide additional protection against bacteria and is being done in accordance with the city’s distribution system maintenance program.”

Still, residents who use home kidney dialysis machines or are owners of tropical fish aquariums should be aware of the changes.

Benjamin Paley is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @benpaley92.