NORFOLK - People who live in in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are smelling chlorine in their tap water.

The reason: a temporary switch to chlorine disinfection by the water treatment facility at Lake Taylor in Norfolk.

Officials say this happens every three or four years when they remove the ammonia from the Chlorine/Ammonia combo (chloramine) that's used to flush the system. The amount used is about 3.5 ppm, which is less than the 'safe' limit established by the EPA of no higher than 4.

Bob Cox is the senior chemist at the water treatment facility in Norfolk.

'Residents will notice an odor and a taste, but it is all safe. We will end this process December 16th,' he said.

The City of Norfolk water treatment facility furnishes the water for Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

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