Sunday, July 22, 2012

Notice of Change from Free Chlorine to Chloramines

On or about August 2nd 2012, the Town of Winnsboro will be purchasing drinking water from the City of Columbia for its customers in the Blythewood area. This will affect all Winnsboro water customers within Richland County. The City of Columbia utilizes chloramines for disinfection of their water which differs from the Town of Winnsboro who utilizes free chlorine.

Water customers of the Town of Winnsboro in Richland County should be aware that chloramines can cause problems to persons dependent on dialysis machines. A condition known as hemolytic anemia can occur if the disinfectant is not completely removed from the water that is used for the dialysate. Consequently, the pretreatment scheme used for the dialysis units include some means, such as charcoal filter, for removing chloramines. Medical facilities should also determine if additional precautions are required for other medical equipment. Please check with your physician should you have particular concerns.

Chloraminated water may be toxic to fish. If you have a fish tank, please make sure chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use in water that has been treated with chloramines. You may also need to change the type of filter that you use for your fish tank.

If you have any further questions concerning this change you may call the Town of Winnsboro at 803-635-3333 extension 107.

Monitor the Town’s webpage: for updates.