New Jersey American Water is switching things up a bit in their water treatment process as they'll be temporarily going from a chloramine (combination) residual to free cholrine residual and their Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in Colts Neck and Jumping Brook Water Treatment Plant in Neptune.

Their water treatment plan runs from February 17 until sometime in April and during that time costumers in Monmouth County towns may notice a slight taste and smell of chlorine in their water.

Officials say that's normal and it will only be temporary until the system maintenance is complete but if you want to reduce the taste of chlorine you can place water in an uncovered glass container in the refrigerator overnight so that it can dissipate the chlorine faster.

During the treatment change, customers’ water will continue to meet or surpass state and federal standards as New Jersey American Water says they will continuously monitor water quality in the system to ensure that customers receive excellent water quality.

The temporary treatment change applies to New Jersey American Water customers in the following communities:

Aberdeen, Allenhurst, Asbury Park City, Avon, Bay Head, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Colts Neck Township, Deal, Eatontown, Elberon, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel Township, Interlaken, Keansburg, Lake Como, Little Silver, Loch Arbor Village, Long Branch City, Matawan, Middletown Township, Monmouth Beach, Neptune City, Neptune Township (incl. Ocean Grove), Ocean Township, Oceanport, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, Union Beach, Wanamassa and West Long Branch.

This temporary treatment change also applies to residents living in the following communities that purchase water from New Jersey American Water:

Aberdeen Township, Avon, Belmar, Lake Como, Matawan, Naval Weapons Station Earle, Keansburg and Point Pleasant Borough.

New Jersey American Water has used chloramines in its water treatment process for customers in Monmouth and Ocean counties since 2012.

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