Next week, Durham water customers likely will find that what comes from their taps looks and tastes unusual.
That's because the city is taking the ammonia out and using only chlorine as a disinfectant for a month; and flushing the whole system.
It's a state water-quality requirement; like those Jordan Lake regulations will be if they survive the General Assembly.
Your tap water will still be perfectly safe to drink, bathe etc. But, if you keep an aquarium or are on kidney dialysis, the city advises extra care to get the disinfectants out of the water you use. And be careful with white clothes — if the water comes out colored, let it run a few minutes and it should clear up.
No problem letting that water go down the drain: Durham's reservoirs are full (although we have been pretty short in the rain department lately).
The process starts Feb. 27 and lasts through April Fool's Day.