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City meeting targets chlorine storage

January 08, 2000

The Hagerstown Water Department will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Williamsport Town Hall to explain some safety methods used at the city's water treatment plant near Williamsport.

Hagerstown Water Department Chemist Bob Gebbia said at the meeting officials will explain the "methods used to prevent the accidental release of chlorine."

Chlorine, which can become an air-borne contaminant, has been used as a disinfectant in Hagerstown's water treatment process for more than 60 years, Gebbia said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires the public meeting because the city stores more than 2,500 pounds of chlorine at the plant, Hagerstown Water Department Manager Gene Walzl said. He said typically 10,000 to 20,000 pounds of chlorine is stored at the plant.

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Williamsport Town Hall is at 2 North Conococheague Street.

-Dan Kulin

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