Metro-East News

Your water taste different? Illinois American is flushing lines

Illinois American Water announced Friday customers may experience a more noticeable chlorine taste or odor in their water over the next two months when the company will conduct fire hydrant flushing and a water treatment change.

“There is no reason for concern,” Illinois American Water said in a new release. “This is due to the switch in chlorine types.”

Customers also may see a temporary drop in water pressure or draw some discolored water for a short time. If this occurs, you should let the water run briefly until it clears up.

During this time, Illinois American Water will switch to a form of chlorine known as “free chlorine,” which does not contain ammonia. This stronger disinfectant is typically used when flushing water mains.

For more information, go to or call 800-422-2782.