(a)  Water distribution systems, including storage tanks and water mains, after flushing to remove sediment and other foreign matter, and after testing for leaks, shall be disinfected by the addition and thorough dispersion of a chlorine solution in concentrations sufficient to produce a chlorine residual of at least 50 milligrams per liter (or ppm) in the water throughout the distribution system, including all water mains and storage tanks.

(b)  The chlorine solution shall remain in contact with interior surfaces of the water system for a period of 24 hours.  Then the water system shall be flushed with fresh water from an approved water source until the chlorine solution is dispelled.

(c)  Representative samples of the water shall then be collected.  If bacteriological tests of the samples indicate that the water quality is satisfactory, the water mains and storage tanks may be placed in service.

(d)  In unusual situations where large volume tanks are involved and where there is not sufficient water available to fill the tank or there is not available a suitable drainage area for the chlorinated water, an alternate disinfection procedure for tanks may be proposed.  Such proposal must be submitted in writing completely describing the proposed disinfection procedure and substantiating the need for an alternate procedure in the particular circumstance.  Such alternate procedure must be approved before being implemented.  The conclusion of the department shall be final.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑315; 130A‑317; P.L. 93‑523;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. December 5, 1977;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1978.