City of Conway to Conduct Water Flushing Program

Conway, SC - The City of Conway will be conducting a water distribution flushing
program during the month of May.

Employees will flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants, allowing them to flow over a period
of time. Flushing cleans out sediment that has accumulated over time. Flushing may result in some
temporary discoloration and the presence of some sediment in your water. These conditions are not
harmful and should only be for a short duration. Please check your water for discoloration or
sediment before doing any laundry. During the complete flushing period, the water quality will be
safe for consumption.

The City of Conway purchases all of its drinking water from Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority 

(GSWSA). During the flushing period, GSWSA will make a slight change in the water treatment process
to facilitate an effective flushing and disinfection program. Throughout the year, chloramines are
added to the water as the primary disinfectant, but during flushing period, free chlorine will be
added. Free chlorine provides exceptional disinfection power during the flushing process. However,
since free chlorine is a higher-level disinfectant, it may provide more of a chlorinic taste and
odor in your drinking water.

The water is safe for dialysis patients, provided the water is treated as though it is disinfected
with chloramines.

If you have an aquarium or pond, always test the water you add to your aquatic environment to be
sure it is free of any chlorine before adding fish or other animals. The same practice you have
used for chloramines removal works the same with free chlorine.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact the City of
Conway at (843)397-2519.