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Cocoa Utilities Implements a Temporary Change in Disinfectant

To continue to maintain high water quality in the Cocoa's water distribution system, the Cocoa Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water. Cocoa will use a different disinfection process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual from March 13 to April 16, 2021. The city will also increase hydrant flushing during this time. This is a preventative maintenance process. 

Customers served by the Cocoa Utilities Department may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects. If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

The periodic and temporary conversion from chloramines (which are a longer-lasting disinfectant) to free chlorine (which is a stronger disinfectant), helps to ensure the quality of the drinking water in the distribution system. The maintenance program, which is a normal procedure for water systems, is supported by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and will include daily testing to monitor water quality and measure the effectiveness of the program. After this process is completed, the Cocoa Utilities Department will revert to disinfection by the chloramines method.

Customers on dialysis who use a proportioning machine to prepare dialysate are advised to contact their physician to obtain the appropriate steps to accommodate the change in water disinfection. Customers who have fish tanks or aquatic species are advised to contact a professional aquarist to avoid any problems associated with chlorine.

For additional information:

The Cocoa Utilities Department is committed to providing clean, fresh drinking water to all customers. For more information on this change in treatment process visit our website at www.CocoaFL.org. You can also call Don Downs, Utilities Conservation & PR Officer, 321-433-8705, ddowns@cocoafl.org, 351 Shearer Boulevard, Cocoa, FL 32922.

April is Water Conservation Month - Why Conservation is Important


Reason #1: It minimizes the effects of drought and water shortages.

Reason #2: Using less water keeps money in your pocket.

Reason #3: Conserving water can also save energy.

Reason #4: Saving water helps to preserve our environment.

Water conservation measures are an important first step in protecting our water supply. Using less water helps preserve the supply of our source water and helps you save money by reducing your water bill. For more information about saving water visit our Conservation page.