A three-month changeover from chloramines in water treatment to chlorine at its Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in Colts Neck and its Jumping Brook Water Treatment Plant in Neptune concludes April 9 when things go back to the way they were.

New Jersey American Water had been using chlorine to perform a routine maintenance of its water distribution system since November it does annually.

During the transition to free chlorine residual, NJAW says some customers may have noticed a slight chlorine taste and odor in their water.

With the resumption of the chlorination process, the taste and smell of chlorine will subside.

"Chloramines have long been effective method of water disinfection that meet all EPA and NJDEP drinking water standards, and have been used in Monmouth and Ocean counties since 2012," a company official said.

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

Aberdeen Township, Allenhurst, Asbury Park City, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Colts Neck Township, Deal, Eatontown, Elberon, Fair Haven, 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, Point Pleasant, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shorelands, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, Union Beach, Wanamassa, and West Long Branch.

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