City of Emporia Water Distribution Chlorine Conversion (“Burn-out”)

Starting on June 21st, the City of Emporia water treatment plant will begin converting the chemicals used to disinfect the drinking water from chloramines (chlorine and ammonia) to free chlorine, a “burn-out”. This process is done for water distribution system maintenance. The water plant will convert back to chloramines, normal operation, on July 30th.

We are extending the burn-out period this year, so that we can get a good free residual to all the wholesale customers that purchase water from the city.  

During the burn-out, city water crews will be flushing fire hydrants move the free chlorine residual throughout the system. Customers will notice a difference in the taste and smell of the water, and at times they may notice discolored water. If you experience discolored water, please call the Public Works Department, and we will flush fire hydrants in the area until the water is clear. The use of hot water (shower, washing dishes, etc.) will intensify the chlorine smell, however, do not be alarmed because the water is safe.


If you have questions, concerns, or to report discolored water please call the Public Works Department at 620-340-6339.

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