During the month of March, the Fort Bragg water suppliers, Harnett County and Fayetteville Public Works Commission, will temporarily change their disinfection method from chloramines (free chlorine with ammonia added) to free chlorine. This change is in accordance with North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources guidance and ensures that biological growth within water distribution pipes is controlled.

Harnett County has been disinfecting water with chloramines since 1993 and PWC since 2003. Chloramine disinfection minimizes the amount of disinfection by-products that can form in a water system. The one month switch to free chlorine disinfection is not expected to cause any significant increase in DBPs, which are strictly regulated by NC DENR.

Throughout the month of March, Old North Utility Services, the Fort Bragg water utility provider, will perform flushing at multiple hydrant locations in the Fort Bragg water system. This flushing will allow the free chlorine residual to reach all parts of the distribution system. During this time customers may notice a chlorine odor in their drinking water. They may also experience periods of discolored water as a result of the flushing. To help alleviate this discoloration turn on faucets and run the water until it clears. If the water does not clear up within a reasonable time, please submit a service order request through Fort Bragg DPW at 396-0321.

Trace amounts of ammonia may still be in the system during this month and users who typically pre-treat water to remove chloramines should continue to do so.

Anyone with questions about this temporary change in disinfection processes, please contact Lisanne Dorsch, Environmental Health and Safety, at 495-1311.

Below is the proposed flushing schedule:

March 1: Harnett County and Fayetteville PWC will stop feeding ammonia at the Water Treatment Plants, converting to a free chlorine residual.

Beginning March 2: Flushing of the distribution system on Pope Army Airfield.

Week of March 6: Flushing of the distribution system on Fort Bragg.

Area 1: Bastogne Gables Housing, Soldier Support Center, Womack, Main Post, Albritton Middle School, Tolson Youth Activities Center, Lee Fitness Center, Cleland Ice Skating Rink, Public Works Business Center, Devers School.

Area 2: A-Area, Faith Barracks.

Area 3: Nijmegan Housing, Cherbourg Housing, Ste Mere Eglise Housing, Hammond Hills Housing.

Area 4: H-Area, D-Area (Marion & Mosby), JFK Area, Hardy and Moon halls, NCO Club and guest house, E-Area (corner of Yadkin and Reilly roads).

Week of March 13: Flushing of the distribution system on Fort Bragg continued.

Area 5: Ardennes and Bataan Housing, North Post Commissary, Bowley School, Irwin School, Knox Street Fire Department.

Area 6: Bougainville and Corregidor Courts Housing, Casablanca and Anzio Acres Housing, Holbrook School

Area 7: Goldberg Street to Honeycutt Road to Cemetery, N-Area, M-Area.

Area 8: Goldberg Street to Gruber Road to Y-Area, M-Area, F-Area, Y-Area.

Week of March 20 and 27: Flushing of the distribution system on Fort Bragg continued.

Area 9: Simmons Army Airfield

April 1: Harnett County and Fayetteville PWC will start feeding ammonia at the water treatment plants, converting back to a chloramine residual.