Greenville Water Treatment Plant temporarily switches to chlorine

May 23, 2012

GREENVILLE - The City of Greenville is again reminding residents of the Water Treatment Plant’s change of disinfectant practices due to higher water temperatures.

As is the case this time of year, customers may begin noticing a difference in the taste and odor of their water over the next few of weeks. Normally a disinfectant called chloramines is used, which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia, and is the preferred disinfectant throughout most of Texas. However, higher water temperatures and lower water usage this spring has caused it to become less effective.

To combat this annual problem, the ammonia is discontinued and free chlorine is used for approximately two to three weeks. During that time, a change in the aesthetic qualities of the water may be noticeable to some consumers. The Water Treatment Plant is expected to change back to chloramines around June 19, 2012.

For more information, contact the Water Treatment Superintendent Brian Smith at 903-457-3190 or by email at