In a few days, some area cities will be making a temporary switch in the way they disinfect the water supply.
The change will affect people in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Right now, the cities use chloramine as a disinfectant, but for the next few weeks, they’ll be using chlorine instead. The change will last from Oct. 11 – 31.
According to Thomas Leahy, Virginia Beach’s director of public utilities, it is a preventative measure done about every four years to keep bacteria from becoming resistant to chloramine.
Some people may notice a slight difference in taste when the change is made.
“Chlorine has a tendency to produce some slight taste and odors that are a little more noticeable than chloramine,” said Leahy.
Leahy says the majority of people won’t notice a difference, though.