Havelock is scheduled to conduct its annual water system flushing beginning on Sunday.
The process involves temporarily stopping the addition of ammonia to the system. Ammonia is scheduled to be added back into the system on June 14.
Fire hydrants are also scheduled to be flushed during the time period.
Federal and state regulations require the procedure, which is designed to ensure a high level of disinfection throughout the water system, according to a release from the city.
The process is scheduled to begin in the eastern part of the city near the Webb Boulevard water treatment plant and head west.
During the process, chlorine will continue to be used to disinfect the water. As a result of the change, residents may notice an increase in chlorine taste and smell in the water, and the flushing may result in some minor discoloration. If water appears discolored, users should run their faucets for a few minutes until the color goes away. If discoloration persists, residents can call 444-6409 or 670-0663.
Residents who use drinking water in fish aquariums and ponds or for kidney dialysis treatment should continue to remove traces of ammonia and chlorine from the water prior to using it. Dialysis patients can talk to their doctors, and fish owners can get information from pet stores.
For more information on the procedure, call Havelock Public Services at 444-6409, the water department at 444-6404 or the water treatment staff at 444-6420.
Updates on the status of the procedure will be posted on the city website at www.havelocknc.us.