Jena (dpa/th) - Due to a technical defect in the Porstendorf waterworks, drinking water with an increased chlorine content got into the pipes on Tuesday night. The reason was a malfunction in the disinfection system in the plant, as the Jena public utility company announced on Tuesday.
Around 1000 residents of the districts of Porstendorf, Neuengönna and Golmsdorf north of Jena are supplied by the plant in the Saale-Holzland district. A strong smell and taste of chlorine was found, especially in Golmsdorf and parts of Porstendorf, it said. According to the Stadtwerke, there is no specific health risk. In consultation with the health department of the Saale-Holzland district, it is not recommended to drink the water.
Stadtwerke employees say they are traveling in the affected region to inform the residents. The experts from the Jenawasser Zweckverband assume that the drinking water "will have reached the usual quality and condition again" by Wednesday morning at the latest. According to the municipal works, the defect in the disinfection system in the waterworks has now been repaired.