Last month, E Coli. was found in Long Beach’s drinking water system. In order to counter this, the Long Beach Department of Public Works had to increase the levels of chlorine used to treat the city’s water. However, some Long Beach residents are concerned about how the increase in chlorine may be negatively affecting their health.
Residents are complaining because their tap water is full of chlorine, which they noticeably smell and compare to the smell of a swimming pool. Some symptoms that residents have noticed include very dry skin, burning eyes, tongue tickling and numbness. However, other residents aren’t complaining at all over the chlorine increase and some haven’t even noticed a difference. The Long Beach Department of Public Works says that the chlorine levels are safe and regulated by the health department, so there is no need to worry.