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McLennan County birth, death, and marriage certificates can be found at the McLennan County Clerk's Office.
McLennan County Elections Administration has voter registration cards or you can contact the Secretary of State.
Contact the City Secretary's Office with the request at least 3 weeks before the next City Council Meeting.
The fees for the most commonly requested records are as follows:
The City can only provide records that exist at the time of the request and cannot create records to respond to a request.
Records will be made available in the format they exist at the time of the request. If the requestor would like to receive records in a different format, i.e. an Excel spreadsheet vs. paper copies of each record, the requestor is responsible for paying the labor costs associated with converting that information.
The City cannot research information and records for a requestor. The requestor must be specific regarding the record or information they are seeking.
The City of Bellmead Planning Department is responsible for managing the city's growth and development by implementing land-use policies, zoning regulations, and long-term planning initiatives. They work to ensure that new developments align with the city's goals, promote community welfare, and maintain a high quality of life for residents.
Certain minor projects or repairs may be exempt from building permits. These exemptions include minor cosmetic changes, such as painting, wallpapering, or other minor repairs. However, it's crucial to consult the building department to determine if your specific project requires a permit.
In some cases, you may be able to request a variance or exception to zoning regulations in Bellmead. The Director of Community Development can provide information on the variance and exception application process, including the criteria and considerations that will be evaluated. It's important to note that variances or exceptions are granted only in specific circumstances where strict compliance would result in unnecessary hardship.
Email Collen Russell, Director of Community Development, for more information.
To find information about zoning regulations and land-use restrictions in Bellmead, you can email the City of Bellmead Community Development Director. She can provide you with zoning maps, zoning ordinances, and any specific guidelines or requirements related to your property or proposed project. You may also access this information on the city's website.
If you are interested in getting involved in the city's planning and development decisions, you can attend public meetings, workshops, or hearings related to planning and zoning. These meetings provide opportunities to voice your opinions, concerns, and suggestions regarding proposed developments or changes to land-use policies. Stay updated on the city's website to find out about upcoming meetings and opportunities for public input.
To obtain a building permit, you need to submit an application to the building department along with detailed construction plans, specifications, and other relevant documents. The department will review your application, assess the plans for compliance with regulations, and issue the permit if everything meets the necessary requirements.
The time it takes to obtain a building permit can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the project, the completeness of the application, and the workload of the Planning Department. It's recommended to email the Planning Department directly for an estimate of the processing time and any specific requirements for submitting a permit application.
You may email Marissa Brownlow an inspection request or call 254-777-8770.
Proceeding without a required building permit is illegal. If you're caught conducting construction work without a permit, you will face penalties, fines, or even legal action. Additionally, unpermitted work can lead to problems during inspections, difficulties in selling or insuring your property, or potential safety hazards.
A building permit is an official document issued by the city that grants legal permission to begin construction, renovation, or alteration of a structure or building project.
The City of Bellmead Inspections Department is responsible for conducting inspections of buildings and structures within the city to ensure compliance with building codes, safety regulations, and other applicable standards. Their role is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community by enforcing construction and maintenance standards.
The Planning Department provides a range of services related to land-use planning and development. These services include:
The Inspections Department performs various types of inspections, including but not limited to:
Building permits are required for new construction, renovations, additions, demolitions, and changes in the use of a building.
Cities require building permits for several reasons, including:
If you observe a code violation within the City of Bellmead, you can report it via our online form. Please contact the police department for noise complaints.
When a Code Compliance officer finds an abandoned shopping cart in a public space, the Code officer will look for identifying markings on the cart, tell the business they believe owns the cart where it is, and request that the business pick it up within 24 hours. Code Compliance officers will ask to be notified when the cart is retrieved. If the cart is still there 24 hours later, then Code Compliance officers will retrieve the cart and take it to the nearest City Drop-Off Station. The cart will be stored for 30 days to give the business the opportunity to get the cart back.
Shopping carts impounded shall be held for a period not more than thirty (30) days to allow for retrieval by the owner or his designee. Shopping carts not reclaimed by the owner within thirty (30) days of impoundment shall be sold or disposed of by the City of Bellmead.
Yes, as long as it is parked on an all-weather surface such as concrete, asphalt, or gravel. Please see ordinance Section V-2. - Regulating Off-Street Parking Facilities in R-1 and R-1A Districts.
The penalties for code violations in Bellmead can vary depending on the nature and severity of the violation. Initially, property owners or responsible parties are given an opportunity to address the violation voluntarily. However, if compliance is not achieved, penalties will include fines, administrative fees, liens on the property, or legal action.
Once a code violation is reported, Code Enforcement will initiate an investigation. They may conduct site visits or inspections to assess the alleged violation. If a violation is confirmed, the property owner or responsible party will be notified and given a reasonable timeframe to correct the issue. If the violation is not rectified within the specified time, the city will take additional enforcement actions, such as issuing citations or imposing fines.
Code enforcement is a division of the city responsible for ensuring compliance with various municipal codes and ordinances. These codes cover a range of areas, including building and property maintenance, zoning regulations, signage, and other quality-of-life issues.
The City of Bellmead Code Enforcement division is tasked with enforcing the city's codes and ordinances to maintain and improve the quality of life for its residents. They investigate complaints, conduct inspections, and take appropriate actions to address violations and promote community standards.
Code Enforcement handles a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:
Go to City of Bellmead Charter and Code of Ordinances.
The property owner is responsible for maintaining the easement. An easement is not a conveyance of ownership, it simply allows another party access to the property.
You as the property owner, lessee, or occupant are responsible for maintaining the right-of-way adjoining your property. Please see ordinance Sec. 13-24. - Property adjoining public right-of-way.
Placing a street number on your house is crucial for several reasons. Here are some key reasons highlighting the importance of displaying a visible street number:
To ensure the effectiveness of street numbers, consider the following guidelines:
Remember, displaying a visible street number is a simple yet crucial step to assist emergency responders, enhance navigation, and contribute to the overall safety and efficiency of your community.
Yes, the only expense is what you may choose to eat, drink, or otherwise purchase.
Yes, the rides are free for all participants that meet the height and age requirements.
Yes, the event is outdoors.
There will be no access to the parking lot. Guests are encouraged to carpool and follow all laws pertaining to street parking in the neighborhood (within 18 inches of curb, in the direction of traffic, proper distances from fire hydrants and stop signs, not obstructing driveways and alleyways, etc.)
All visitors are required to wear a shirt, SHORTS OR PANTS and shoes at all times. FESTIVAL management reserves the right to deny entry to guests wearing clothing items with offensive text, content and/or images OR THAT MAY INCITE CONTROVERSY OF FIGHTING WORDS.
No smoking is allowed at the event.
No, food and drink other than what is served at the festival will be prohibited.
Only service animals are allowed at this event.
No, coolers are prohibited.
Yes the city has a full contingency plan for any situation that may arise.
All children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
9:30AM-11:15 AM. All vehicles must be moved by 11:15 AM out of vendor area. No exceptions.
You may not play music that may be heard outside your booth.
Vehicles are allowed to start load-out after 6 PM.
No animals or pets are permitted in the building except seeing-eye dogs, animals part of an event, and other legitimate assistance animals. Animals that will be part of an event must be contained in cages in the leased area at all times. Provisions must be provided for their safety and prevention of damage to the facility. Cleanliness is expected, and catch pans must be used under all cages. Grooming may not be done inside the building. Additional insurance and/or deposits may be required.
The Civic Center has a state-of-the-art audio / visual system with 3 electric projection screens, wireless microphones, podiums, coffee makers, microwaves, warmer boxes and a commercial grade ice machine all at no additional cost. In addition, the Auditorium can provide the use of a stage, background music and a sound system perfect for conferences or banquets. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the center. For more information, contact the Civic Center at 254-799-2418.
Civic Center personnel will set up your room as you direct and will pick up / put away all tables and chairs after the event.
As the renter, it is your responsibility to get all items utensils/glassware, table coverings, and decorations off the tables and taken home or placed into the garbage cans provided. All items must be removed and all trash must be placed into the dumpster located outside the Civic Center to receive your full deposit refund.
Yes. The website indexes web pages as well as PDFs, Microsoft Office documents, and text documents.
No. By default, the search results will show matches for any word within the phrase. In this example, you would receive results for all web pages and documents that contained either the word alarm or the word permit or both.
In order to search on an exact phrase, enclose your search phrase in quotations. The search results for "alarm permit" will show matches for that exact phrase.
Yes. You can exclude words by using the minus sign (-). In order to find the results of all pages that have an alarm in the result but not permit, you would search for alarm -permit.
Yes, by calling and working with the utility billing staff, arrangements can be worked out to get the bill paid off in a timely manner.
You can pay online. Click on Quick Pay at the bottom left of the screen. You will need to enter your account number and last payment amount. Then Click on “Find Bill.”
Make sure no water is being used in the house including dishwashers, showers, or washing machine. Go out to the meter and check the digital register. If the register is not active, shine a bright light on it. If there is a continuous flow of water, the last digit will be moving. This means that water is flowing through the meter to the house.
Remove the cover to the tank part of the toilet. Drop 3 to 4 drops of food coloring (blue, red, or green) in the tank. Wait 5 to 10 minutes. If the food coloring appears in the bowl of the toilet, then you have a leak.
The City has upgraded the City's meter reading system to Automated Meter Reading. So, the readings for every water meter in the City is transmitted to City Hall in real time and stored in a database. Also, Mother Nature has her way of covering up meters by the wind blowing, ground shifting, rain, and even mowing your yard. The meter reader does not necessarily have to wipe off all the dirt in order to read the meter. Remember, they are trained and do this on a daily basis.
It is the responsibility of the customer to contact the Utility Billing Department to stop billing on the account. If a customer does not notify our department to terminate service the account will continue to bill and the customer will be responsible for all charges accumulated as a result of any failure to contact the billing department.
To request a disconnection of service, you may come to our office or email us. When emailing you must include:
No, bills are run by cycles based on the address. All addresses in the same cycle are due on the same day. You may request a senior citizen extension if you are over the age of 60 with the completion of the extension form and a copy of your driver's license.
Accounts not paid in full (10 days past the due date) will be scheduled for disconnection and a fee of $50 will be added to the account.
If the past due amount plus the disconnection fee is paid between 7:30 am and 3 pm on a weekday, the service will be reconnected on that day. All other accounts that are paid in full will be reconnected on the next business day. Water will only be reconnected after 3 pm if the resident pays the $50 reconnection fee plus the $25 after-hours reconnection fee and the payment is verified by the Utility Billing Department.
No reconnects will be made by on-call personnel after 6 pm If a resident turns their water back on, an additional tampering fee of $500 plus repair cost for any damage caused to the service will be assessed.
If a resident pays online after their water has been cut off, they will need to call City Hall at 254-799-2436 by 3 pm, so the water can be scheduled to be turned back on the same day.
Some months have 28, 30, or 31 days, but you will only be billed twelve times per year.
An unusually high water bill is most often caused by a leak or change in water use. Some common causes of high water bills include:
Learning how to save water at home is very important because a typical family of four uses 40‐50 gallons of water per person per day or 160-200 gallons for one day. The largest water users are the toilets, clothes washers, and showers, accounting for about two‐thirds of the water used in an average household. Toilets use up to 27% of the household water supply while clothes washers use 20.9% and showers account for 17.3%. Faucets account for about 15.3% and leaks account for 13.8% of a family's water use. Dishwashers, baths, and other things account for the remaining water use. Typically, water consumption is higher during the summer due to the watering of lawns, pools, and gardening.
The City of Bellmead will provide advance notification to residents or businesses regarding planned hydrant flushing activities. This allows individuals to take necessary precautions, such as avoiding water usage during the flushing period or running their taps after the process to clear any discolored water.
It is generally recommended to avoid using water, such as doing laundry or running appliances, while hydrants are being flushed in your area. The flushing process may temporarily disrupt water flow and cause sediment or discolored water to enter the pipes. Once the flushing is complete, it is advisable to run your taps for a few minutes to clear any residual discolored water before using it for consumption or sensitive tasks.
During the flushing process, nearby residents or businesses may experience temporary water discoloration or low water pressure. This is normal and typically a result of the disturbance of sediment and minerals in the water pipes. The discoloration is usually harmless and temporary. However, if the discoloration or pressure issues persist, it is advisable to contact the local water department or utility company for further assistance.
No, per section 7-3 of the code of ordinances, open burning is prohibited.
The fire department flushes fire hydrants for several reasons, including:
Flushing is a routine maintenance procedure conducted by the water department or fire department to maintain water quality and system reliability. The flushing process does not result in water usage that is billed to individual customers.
You may be eligible for a driving safety course if you were cited for a moving violation. You are not eligible if you were cited for speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the posted limit, were cited at a speed of 95 miles per hour or more, were cited in a construction zone with workers present, or were cited for passing a school bus. The other eligibility requirements are as follows:
In order to request approval to complete a driving safety course for your citation you must complete the Plea Form (PDF), have your signature notarized on the form, and mail it to the court with a copy of your driver's license and/or military identification, current proof of insurance, your Type 3A Certified Driving Record, and a money order for the required fees. You may also apply in person or apply online.
You will find a Schedule of Acceptable Fines, however, this is not a complete list of all possible violations and fines. If the fine for your violation is not listed or you are unsure, you may email the Court or call the Court at 254-799-2436 ext. 6282 to request your fine amount. Please be aware that court staff does not have the authority to negotiate the fine amount of your citation.
The majority of citations may be paid online. You may also pay by mailing in a money order or cashier's check with the completed Plea Form provided by the citing officer. You may pay in person with cash, money order, cashier's check, or a credit/debit card. The court does not accept personal checks.
The Court may only accept payment from the defendant if there is no plea or judgment on file. Any payment made by mail that is not accompanied by a signed Plea Form is considered a plea of no contest and waiver of your right to trial.
If you are a juvenile (under the age of 17) you will be required to pay in person or by mail only after you have appeared in court with a legal parent/guardian.
The standard 4-month payment plan requires a down payment of at least $50 and you must enter a plea of guilty or no contest and waive your right to trial. If you are unable to come to the Court to begin this process in person you will need to submit your request for a payment plan by email and the appropriate forms and instructions will be emailed to you. Please be aware that state law requires the Court to a $15 time payment reimbursement fee to all payment plans that extend the balance more than 30-days. If you require more than 4-months to pay your fines you will need to file an indigent application and be set for a indigent hearing with the judge.
The Bellmead Municipal Court is an independent branch of the municipal government. City officials and/or staff cannot order dismissal of a case, reduction in fees, or increase in fees. City officials and/or staff cannot order the judge to make a certain judgment regarding the outcome of any court cases.
Yes, please email the court for assistance or questions regarding your citation.
The Public Information Act does not apply to Records of the Judiciary. There are two categories of Records of the Judiciary, Judicial Records and Court Case Records, rules of access differ for each category. The Court makes the final determination on whether a specific record is releasable to the person requesting the record based on Rule 12 of Judicial Administration and the various state and federal statutes that apply to specific violations and records. A request to obtain court records must be filed in writing with the court and be very specific as to the records that are being requested. If a record is determined to be releasable then appropriate costs will be applied for the information requested and must paid in full in order to receive the requested record.
In order to request community service in the Bellmead Municipal Court, you must fill out an indigent application and be set for an indigent hearing with the judge. If you are unable to begin this process in person you may email the Court to request an indigent application. Community service requests also require you to enter a plea of guilty or no contest and waive your right to trial.
The Bellmead Municipal Court does not appoint attorneys, nor can the Court refer you to a specific attorney. You have the right to hire an attorney to represent you in court. You may refer to the Texas State Bar Association website to assist in locating an attorney. Your attorney must file a written letter of representation with the court. If you are a juvenile (under the age of 17) and have an attorney representing you in Court, you and your legal parent/guardian must still appear. In certain cases, your attorney may be required to file a surety bond with the court.
Please be aware that a parent of a person age 17 or older may not represent their child in court and that a power of attorney does not allow a person to represent another in court. Only an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Texas can represent a person in court.
A telephone call does not constitute a court appearance. Any requests for action on a case must be made in person or writing. Any written request must be signed by the defendant (manually or electronically by typing your full name) and submitted with photo identification, phone number, email, and mailing address. Written requests or correspondence may be submitted in person, by mail at 3015 Bellmead Drive, Bellmead, TX, 76705, or contact by email. Please Note: If you correspond with the Court via email, all future correspondence and official notices from the Court may be delivered to you at the email address used.
The Bellmead Municipal Court generally processes cases originating with the Bellmead Police Department, Animal Control, and Code Enforcement. The Bellmead Municipal Court may also process certain cases originating with the La Vega ISD Police Department. If your citation was issued within the city limits of Bellmead by the McLennan County Sheriff's Department or the DPS, it will not be filed in this court. Please refer to the information provided in your citation regarding the correct agency to contact.
To apply for a job with the City of Bellmead Police Department, you can typically find information on their website or by contacting the department's Human Resources or Recruitment division. The application process may involve submitting an application, completing written and physical assessments, interviews, background checks, and other evaluations as required by the department.
In case of an emergency, dial 911 immediately to reach the appropriate emergency services, including the City of Bellmead Police Department. It is essential to provide clear and concise information about the emergency situation to the dispatcher.
In order to apply for a permit for an event (parades, benefits, solicitation, itinerant vendors, ect.) that will be held in the City of Bellmead. The applicant must fill out an application at least seven days before the event with the Chief of Police. Applications can be picked up at the Bellmead Police Department, or on the City Website.
The City of Bellmead Police Department is responsible for maintaining law and order, ensuring public safety, and protecting the residents and property within the city. They enforce laws, investigate crimes, respond to emergencies, and provide various community-oriented services.
To contact the City of Bellmead Police Department for non-emergency matters, you can typically call their main administrative line. The specific non-emergency number may vary, so it's advisable to check the city's official website or local directory for the accurate contact information.
Contact Animal Control at 254-424-8455, or send us a message on the Bellmead Animal Control Facebook Page.
Contact Bellmead Animal Control at 254-424-8455. You can also send us an email, or you can message the Bellmead Animal Control Facebook Page.
Check our Bellmead Animal Control Facebook Page to see if we have your fur baby. If you don't see them on the page, then give us a call at 254-799-0251 or 254-424-8455.
The City of Bellmead Police Department may in the future offer online reporting options for certain types of incidents that do not require immediate police response; however, at this time please continue to call the Police Department directly. Some reports can be taken over the phone if necessary.
To report a crime or suspicious activity in Bellmead, you can call the non-emergency number of the City of Bellmead Police Department. Provide as much detailed information as possible, including the location, description of the incident or activity, and any other relevant details that may assist law enforcement.
To obtain a copy of a police report in Bellmead, you typically need to make a request to the City of Bellmead Police Department. The exact process for obtaining a police report may vary, so it's recommended to contact the Police Department's Records Division for specific instructions and any applicable fees.
Yes, the City of Bellmead Police Department often offers community programs and services aimed at fostering positive relationships with residents and promoting public safety. These programs may include neighborhood watch programs, community outreach initiatives, educational programs, and opportunities for citizen involvement. Check the city's official website or contact the Police Department for information about the specific programs available.
This odor is likely caused by a grease trap that has not been maintained. Please contact the Waco-McLennan County Health Department to address the issue and ensure compliance.
If you have a stop-up, call 254-799-2436 and report it.
Reporting a street light outage in Bellmead is easy! Follow these steps:
By reporting street light outages, you play an important role in maintaining a well-lit and safe environment for our community. Your prompt action helps us address and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
If you are experiencing brown water in your toilet and sink, it can be alarming.
At times, water can have an unpleasant odor, taste, or appearance. These aesthetic characteristics usually don't pose a public health threat and, in most cases, they don't last long.
Discolored water and trapped air are common occurrences after a water main break or other water system maintenance work. Discolored water is caused by sediment and mineral deposits in the pipes that can be stirred up when the water is turned off and then back on following work on the water distribution system.
Flushing the cold water pipes in your home or business usually clears up the discolored water and will allow trapped air to be released.
If the discolored water persists after running your cold water lines for five minutes, please report it to the City of Bellmead.
Backflow is an unwanted flow of water in the reverse direction. It can cause health risks by contaminating our potable water.
What can stop this from happening? A backflow preventer, is sometimes called a reduced pressure zone (RPZ) device.
Please call 254-749-4070 with questions concerning our backflow program.
Residents who notice Water and Sewer Department crews working at fire hydrants and see water running into the street may think that the Department is ignoring its own philosophy of conserving our water resources. The process of periodically "flushing" water lines with fire hydrants, however, is an important preventive maintenance activity. Although it may appear to waste water, this process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and allowing us to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.
The flushing route is carefully planned, and valves are opened and closed to control the direction of the water flow. Flushing the water system on a routine basis removes sediment from lines and keeps the entire distribution system "refreshed". As a result of the line flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your own home by running all water faucets for a minute or two.
This same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home to ensure the quality of water inside your home. Your home's water heater should be drained and flushed on a regular basis, according to manufacturers' recommendations, to keep it working effectively and efficiently.
Also, if you go out of town and there is no water use in your home for a week or more, when you return, it's always a good idea to run all your faucets for a minute or so before using the water. This ensures that you don't use any stagnant water that may have developed in your home's pipes while you were away. Water your house plants with this potentially stagnant water so it's not wasted.
Hydrant flushing can prevent highly chlorinated water from entering the rest of the system after a leak or repair. The hydrants are also flushed to maintain the correct level of disinfectant in the water. Disinfectants degrade over time and need testing and adjustments to keep water safe. Heat actually makes this happen faster, so flushing is especially important during the summer.
Water in the Trinity Aquifer is typically located between 50 ft to 3000 ft below the surface. The City of Bellmead pumps water from around the 1000ft mark plus/minus, which is around 120 degrees Fahrenheit when it enters our reservoirs.
As a courtesy to our customers, we use evaporative cooling towers to reduce the water temperature and deliver it at a more acceptable temperature. Sometimes we can reduce the temperature as much as 30 degrees in ideal conditions but humidity and air temperature can drastically affect the cooling efficiency. In the summer months, our customers may experience cold faucet temperatures ranging from 85 to 95 degrees.
Drinking water chlorination is the addition of chlorine to drinking water systems. It is the most common type of drinking water disinfection. Disinfection kills bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that cause disease and immediate illness. Chlorine is effective and continues to keep the water safe as it travels from the treatment plant to the consumer's tap.
A little over 100 years ago, waterborne diseases like typhoid fever and dysentery were a common part of life in the United States —and a common cause of death, too. In the early 1900s, cities started disinfecting drinking water supplies to kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regard disinfection of drinking water as one of the most important advances in public health.
Chlorination or other continuous disinfection (disinfection that protects from the treatment plant to the consumer’s tap) is required for public water systems that:
Disinfection is recommended but not required for other community public water systems
Yes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits the amount of chlorine in drinking water to levels that are safe for human consumption. The levels of chlorine used for drinking water disinfection are unlikely to cause long-term health effects.
During water treatment, chlorine can combine with naturally occurring organic matter in the water to form compounds called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). DBPs can cause negative health effects after regular, long-term exposure.
The EPA has set limits for several types of DBPs. All public water systems that disinfect must regularly test their treated water to measure levels of regulated DBPs. If they are above the limits set by EPA, the water system must take action to reduce the DBPs. This action includes notifying all of their customers of the DBP levels.
When a system first starts chlorinating, it is normal for people to say they can taste and/or smell the chlorine. Over time, the system stabilizes, and any tastes or smells will decrease or go away. People also usually get used to chlorine in water over time.
Public water systems work hard to keep the level of chlorine in the water at a level that effectively disinfects, while keeping taste and odor to a minimum.
If you are bothered by the taste or smell, there are a few things you can do:
Besides chlorine, there are several other types of disinfectants. Each has tradeoffs. Chloramines may form lower levels of regulated DBPs than chlorine, but, depending on the source water characteristics, they have the potential to form other DBPs and increase the risks of nitrate formation and corrosion in the distribution system. Ozone is effective and has no taste, but it can also create other DBPs and does not provide protection in the distribution system, so chloramines or chlorine must still be added to protect the water. Ultraviolet (UV) light is effective in clear water and does not form DBPs. But like ozone, UV light does not provide protection in the distribution system, so chloramines or chlorine must still be added to protect water from the treatment plant to the tap.
Chlorine does not get into the body through your skin. The amount of chlorine in the water is too low to cause breathing problems. Some people who are very sensitive to chlorine could experience skin irritation. Because the amount of chlorine in drinking water is extremely small – far less than in a swimming pool – this situation is expected to be rare.
Disinfection byproducts (DBP) can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin during activities like bathing and showering. There is limited information about the health risks of breathing or coming in to contact with DBPs. Point-of-use filtration devices can be used to lower DBP levels in water.
Chlorination will not affect the operation of common home water treatment units, such as water softeners and pitchers. You should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation, cleaning, and maintenance of a water treatment unit.