It there chlorine in the drinking water?
The City of Huntsville does not maintain a free chlorine residual in the drinking water. The City of Huntsville uses chloramines for water disinfection, leaving a chloromines residue behind for secondary disinfection of water in the distribution system.

In other words there is a chloromines product in the water which is available to disinfect anything that might enter the system after initial treatment. Chlorine alone was found to bind with other materials to produce a by-product considered to be carcinogenic in nature.

Chloramines are formed by combining chlorine and ammonia before injection into the water. This combination stabilizes the chlorine so that carcinogens are not formed and allows the combination to last much longer in the system for secondary disinfection.

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1. Sometimes the water is brownish or even yellow in color, why is this?
2. My water has an earthy or musty taste and odor sometimes in the late summer and sometimes fall. What causes this?
3. Sometimes the tap water appears white and milky, why is this?
4. Sometimes I have small particles clogging my faucets and shower head, what is this material?
5. What is the white substance left behind in the pot when we boil water?
6. Occasionally I see water running and no one repairing it, why is this?
7. Why do i see fire hydrants running and no one around? Why are we wasting water?
8. Can I use the cut off valve in the meter box to turn off the water to my house?
9. It there chlorine in the drinking water?
10. Is fluoride added during the treatment process?
11. How can I obtain a chemical analysis report on the drinking water?
12. How is my water/sewer/garbage bill calculated?
13. How can I avoid paying the minimum charge for my sprinkler meter when I am not using it?
14. Why is my kitchen sink stopped up?
15. How large is Huntsville's water system?