Water odor expected as Palisade prepares to fix water line

Starting Wednesday, Palisade water users can expect a stronger chlorine smell in their water as town officials work to fix a broken water line.

The water, that will be temporarily provided by Ute Water, is completely safe to drink, cook with and use, Palisade officials said.

Palisade officials noticed a water line break Friday in an 18-inch line that comes from the Palisade water plant down Rapid Creek Road.

Palisade will hook into Ute Water to provide uninterrupted water service for its roughly 1,400 customers.

About a dozen water customers on Rapid Creek Road may lose water service, but the town is working with those customers.

The stronger chlorine smell comes from the mixing of the town’s water, which uses “free” chlorine and Ute Water, which uses “combined” chlorine, Palisade said.

Palisade Public Work Director Frank Watt said town officials anticipate the increased chlorine odor because a similar situation occurred about six years ago when one of the town’s pipes broke and Palisade used Ute Water.

Watt said the town may use Ute Water for a day or two while the town works to fix the line.

Anyone using water for fish tanks may have to use more de-chlorinating solution, the town said.


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