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Posted on: April 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Temporary Change in Water Disinfection Method Scheduled to Start 5/21/22

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To continue to maintain high water quality in the City of Cocoa's water distribution system, the Cocoa Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water beginning May 21, 2022 for approximately four weeks. The change in water disinfection method will provide additional protection against contamination to help ensure that your water remains safe as we enter the summer months. This is a temporary change in water chemistry that will not affect the safety of your drinking water.

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 testing to monitor water quality and measure the effectiveness of the program. After this process is completed, we will revert to disinfection by the chloramines method.

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.  

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.

The Cocoa Utilities Department is committed to providing clean, fresh drinking water to all customers. For more information, visit our frequently asked questions page at You can also reach out to Don Downs, Utilities Conservation and PR Officer at (321) 433-8705 or

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