SOMERSET, NJ — If you noticed your tap water smelled a bit like a trip to the town pool for the past two months, you weren’t imagining it.
New Jersey American Water, which supplies water to customers in the town, this week announced it had changed its treatment process to one using “free chlorine residual” so it could perform annual maintenance.
“Some customers may have noticed a slight chlorine taste and odor in their water,” the statement said.
On Monday, that odor should go away, the company said, as New Jersey American Water will return to disinfecting its water with chloramines. Chloramines, the CDC says, kill germs in drinking water while keeping it safe.
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The change applies to the following Somerset County communities: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Bound Brook Borough, Branchburg Township, Bridgewater Township, Far Hills Borough, Franklin Township, Green Brook Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough, Millstone Borough, Montgomery Township, North Plainfield Borough, Peapack & Gladstone Borough, Raritan Borough, Somerville Borough, South Bound Brook Borough, Warren Township and Watchung Borough
New Jersey American Water has used chloramines since the 1980s, the company said.