The City of Odessa starting Friday will change the method used to disinfect the water supply, which officials said could result in a harmless bleach or chlorine smell during a 30 day period.

The change, for maintenance purposes, is meant to ensure adequate chlorine residuals in the distribution system in order to provide a safeguard against germs. Instead of disinfecting water through a combination of chlorine and ammonia, the city will only use chlorine during the 30 day period.

The city announced notifying the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of the temporary change and reported that the state approved of the plan.

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