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Sometimes, good samaritans visit our facility with an animal they claim is a rescued stray. It is very important that the finder verify the exact location where the animal was found so that it can be confirmed to be within the City of Rosenberg’s jurisdiction. Finders must present a valid ID confirming their City of Rosenberg residency.
We try to keep families together in the City of Rosenberg, so our team will first ask questions to understand the reason for surrender. It may be an issue we can help resolve! Per City Policy, Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter does not accept owner surrenders at this time. Stray-surrenders from the city may only be accepted from residents within the City-Limits of Rosenberg with a valid driver’s license or ID, and are subject to a $35 surrender fee PER ANIMAL. Below are a couple of suggestions, alternatives, and resources available to assist you in keeping your pet:
Friends & Family
Animal Services by Jurisdiction ONLY
IMPORTANT: When you surrender a pet, you are agreeing to give up all custody of the pet being turned in and understand that it will not be returned. In surrendering a pet you also understand that the pet may be euthanized at the discretion of animal control officials, at any time. If it is found that the stray animal you are delivering to the shelter belongs to you or to anyone in your household, you understand that you are committing a Class A Misdemeanor by knowingly making a false statement within a government record. Persons found making false statements shall be prosecuted for tampering with a governmental record pursuant to Texas Penal Code Section 37.10.
Upon intake, all animals are checked for a microchip, and if registered, owners are contacted immediately and notified they are able to redeem their pet. If unclaimed within three business days, the animal is put up for adoption. All dogs and cats are vaccinated and de-wormed as soon as they arrive. Our team strives for positive outcomes with all of our animals, whether that is through adoption, reunion, or rescue transfer. Animals with extreme health conditions or animals posing a public safety risk are subject to humane euthanasia.
Individuals or families interested in adopting a pet are asked to come for an on-site meet and greet. If they would like to move forward, a quick adoption counseling session with a staff member is the next step along with an adoption contract featuring a questionnaire. Once the contract is approved, a $99 adoption fee for dogs or $49 adoption fee for cats will be assessed. This fee covers the animal’s spay/neuter surgery, full vaccination panel, and microchip.
The City issues bonds to finance projects that will benefit the City for decades, allowing the cost to be spread across the useful life of the project. It would take many years to accumulate enough funding to pay for these projects as we go and during that time the cost of construction would likely continue to increase. Additionally, if the City continues to lower its property tax rate as it has historically done, the City will not be able to pay cash for these projects.
Historically, construction inflation has far outpaced interest costs. Additionally, the construction costs are not fixed as the interest rate of the bonds will be. The City’s high credit rating results in low interest rates which allow the projects to be financed economically over an appropriate period of 20 years.
Should voters approve both bond propositions, Rosenberg is not expected to see an increase in the City’s tax rate. Over the past several years, the City has paid down existing debt and would be able to absorb the debt service costs associated with these two bond propositions without increasing the tax rate.
The bonds are not expected to have a property tax impact and are not expected to create a tax increase.
The interest rate is set by the bond market at the time the bonds are issued. Since the City carries an excellent bond and credit rating, the interest rate is likely to be among the lowest available for municipal bonds. Rosenberg would issue bonds based on a 20-year maturity schedule, with nearly half of the principal expected to be paid off in the first 10 years. This repayment schedule would minimize the interest cost that must be repaid. Additionally, the bonds would be callable in ten years or less and the City would have the option to pay off the bonds early at that time.
The bonds would be structured with a callable date in 7 to 10 years, allowing the City the option to pay off the bonds at that time. The most beneficial call date will be selected when bonds are issued.
Property taxes are the main source of funds used to repay bonds issued through a General obligation bond. General obligation bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the issuing jurisdiction, in this case the City of Rosenberg. This means the City is obligated to pay back the bonds plus interest by pledging revenue from ad valorem taxes. The City levies a property tax annually with a portion of the tax rate dedicated to the interest and sinking debt fund to repay general obligation bonds in the form of annual principal and interest payments.
The City currently has approximately $38 million in outstanding principal on debt issued by the City which will be retired over the next 13 years. All City debt (including GO bonds and Certificates of Obligation) is backed by property taxes. Property taxes are the main repayment source for the city debt. However, the $38 million of outstanding debt includes debt supported by the water/wastewater utility system and the Rosenberg Development Corporation. Due to the growth within the city, the City currently has enough debt capacity to issue these bonds without increasing the current tax rate.
Issuing additional bonds would not affect the bond rating as long as there is a sound financial plan to support the bonds.
Please call Citizen Relations at 832-595-3301 or send an email with your question, and we will forward it to the person who can best answer your question.
The City of Rosenberg is proposing a 2023 Bond Election to address needs for new facilities. Due to the City’s financial management policies, the bonds will be issued without increasing the debt tax rate for our residents. The City’s Facilities Master Plan, accepted by City Council in 2015, outlined needs related to City facilities and the City’s ability to continue to provide the level of service expected by our residents given the current and projected growth trends. The needs identified in the study were reprioritized based on current conditions, and level of importance to City operations.
Two new facilities are being proposed:
A. Emergency Services Complex (proposed location Highway 36 at Fairgrounds Road, near the Rosenberg Civic Center) including Fire Station No. 4, Fire Administration, and an Emergency Operations Center, and
B. Public Services Complex (proposed location on Airport Road near the current Parks and Recreation facility) including offices, shop space and warehouse space for Public Works, Utilities, Fleet Maintenance, Building Maintenance, City Engineer, Capital Projects and Parks Departments. The Public Services Complex will also include a fueling system and a wash bay for all city vehicles and equipment.
General obligation bonds are debt instruments issued by states and city governments to finance large capital improvements. Bonds are sold to investors and the proceeds from the sales of these bonds are used to pay for major capital investments that have a public purpose—such as the emergency services and public services projects. Bond elections provide voters the opportunity to have a say in which projects they are willing to support by voting on bond propositions to authorize funding for each project on the ballot.
Just as homeowners borrow money in the form of a mortgage to finance the purchase of a home, a city borrows money in the form of bonds to finance the construction of capital projects. Both are repaid over time. A city is required by law to seek approval from voters in the form of a bond election in order to issue bonds.
As a resident, your vote matters. Because of historically low voter turnout in Rosenberg, local elections are typically decided by less than 10% of residents. At the May 7, 2022 general election, the City had 20,076 registered voters, and of those only 1,765 cast ballots.
Voting on this bond election gives you the opportunity to have a say in the future of the city.
There will be two propositions on the November 2023 ballot related to General Obligation bonds.
CITY OF ROSENBERG, TEXAS - PROPOSITION A
The issuance of bonds in the amount of $18,500,000 and the imposition of taxes sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds for an emergency services complex including fire station # 4, an emergency operations center, and fire department administration offices and other public safety related infrastructure, and all matters incident or necessary thereto.
CITY OF ROSENBERG, TEXAS - PROPOSITION B
The issuance of bonds in the amount of $33,000,000 and the imposition of taxes sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds for a public services complex, to house public works, utilities, fleet maintenance, building maintenance, city engineer, capital projects, parks department and other city departments and all matters incident or necessary thereto.
General obligation bonds were last on the ballot in November 2006, when the residents approved four bond propositions which included:
If the city’s voters reject the bond propositions, bonds would not be issued for the projects, and the projects may remain unfunded. Given the rapid pace of residential growth, the overall condition of existing facilities, and expiring lease agreements for fire facilities, the city would have to delay these improvements and limit services.
On August 15, 2023, Rosenberg City Council voted to call a November 7 bond election to provide voters an opportunity to decide whether to fund projects identified to address growing public safety needs and to construct new facilities to centralize services and replace aging facilities.
Proposition A includes $18,500,000 for emergency services related infrastructure, including Fire Station No. 4, an emergency operations center, and Fire Department administration offices.
Proposition B includes $33,000,000 for a public services complex to consolidate Public Services departments, provide proper office space, adequately shelter large equipment, and centralize city services including vehicle fleet maintenance and fueling station. A consolidated public services complex will include:
Read more about each of these propositions on the City’s website, rosenbergtx.gov/RBOND2023.
For Proposition A: Fire Services Complex - If the bond does not pass to build a permanent Emergency Services Complex, which is needed due to expiring leases, there may be impacts to response times to the growing southwest quadrant of the City.
For Proposition B: Public Services Complex - Public Services provide many essential services to our residents including water, sewer, streets, drainage, capital improvement projects, engineering services and also recreational opportunities in city parks. In order for the city to provide services required by the city’s recent growth, aging facilities need to be replaced.
The projects are expected to be completed within four years.
Emergency Services Complex:
Public Services Complex:
First, check the screens on all faucets and connection hoses for debris that may be reducing the flow. Next, check the shut-off valve on the outside of your home to ensure it is completely open. If you are still experiencing low pressure, please call 832-595-3400 to report the problem.
For after-hours emergency service requests, please contact the Rosenberg Police Department 832-595-3700.
If it is only one bathtub or shower that will not drain, the problem will be somewhere inside the house and a plumber should be called. If all fixtures such as tubs, toilets, sinks, etc. will not drain, please call 832-595-3400 to report the problem and request service.
Rusty water is most often the result of water line work in your area or some other disturbance in the water system. To clear the rust from your water lines, try running the exterior water faucets for 10 to 15 minutes to flush the system. If you are still experiencing rusty water after performing a system flush, please contact 832-595-3400 to request service.
In most cases, water line or sewer line breaks require immediate attention. Please report breaks as soon as possible by calling 832-595-3400.
There is not a set schedule, however the Utilities Department follows a City-wide rotation. We understand that no one likes to be surprised by rusty water and we work to constantly improve our service and communication to our customers.
Typical water pressure in the city is between 50 and 55 pounds per square inch (PSI).
Your water meter can be an invaluable tool in detecting water leaks in and around your home. If you suspect a leak, please follow the steps below.
Possible causes of high water consumption include:
The Fire Department maintains a Street Guide at both fire stations, at the administrative offices, and in emergency vehicles. The guide is updated regularly to include streets in new subdivisions, directions, maps, and address ranges. If you are having trouble locating an address, stop in, call, or send an email, and we’ll be glad to help. Please do not use 911 to get directions. Call the Administrative Office at 832-595-3600.
Please call 911 for any type of fire or medical emergency, or for medical non-emergencies. For other types of calls, call the Rosenberg Communications Center at 832-595-3700. Do not call the fire station, as crews are not always at the station. They may be out doing training or at another emergency.
Charges for EMS supplies help cover the cost of equipment, supplies, and medicines used before the transfer of care to Fort Bend EMS. Most insurance carriers have a payment for EMS transports built into their plans, which should cover the costs. If you are unable to pay, contact the Fort Bend Patient Account Services at 281-633-7064.
Fire hydrant maintenance is the responsibility of the City’s Public Works Department. Please report the problem through Citizen Relations by calling 832-595-3301 during regular business hours, or by completing the Contact Us Form available here. After office hours or weekends, you may contact the Rosenberg Communications Center at 832-595-3700 to report emergency leaks.
State law requires that vehicles responding to an emergency must use both red lights and sirens. We do try to respect the community and the surrounding homes close to both of our fire stations in the early morning hours.
No. The local Red Cross provides excellent life saving training. They can be contacted through the following information:
Address4601 Avenue H Suite 12Rosenberg, TX 77406P.O. Box 87Richmond, TX 77406-0061
Phone: 281-342-9480Fax: 281-342-0061
Email the Red Cross
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer these kinds of services anymore. Without having fire fighters that stay at the station even during emergencies we cannot guarantee the safety of any non-employees in the stations in our absence.
No. A city ordinance prohibits burning trash within the Rosenberg city limits. If you have questions about the ordinance, please contact our fire safety inspectors at 832-595-3600. If you do not live in the City limits and wish to burn trash or leaves the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal does not give approval for outdoor burning.
Please contact Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) at 713-767-3700, for the rules and regulations regarding outdoor burning. If outdoor burning is approved by TCEQ, call the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office at 281-341-4665 and the local Fire Department. You should also check the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s website to determine if a burn ban is in effect.
Do not leave the burn area unattended and make sure the fire is completely extinguished by dark. Be courteous to your neighbors, please do not burn if the smoke is going to drift into their home or cause problems for them.
These concerns are handled by the City’s Code Enforcement Department and should be reported through Citizen Relations, by calling 832-595-3301, or completing the Contact Us Form.
We do not usually attend to matters like these. Try opening a can of tuna and waiting for the cat to get down on its own. If that doesn’t work, give us a call at 832-595-3600, and we’ll see what we can do.
You can get your blood pressure checked at any fire station.
Call the Rosenberg Fire Department at 832-595-3600 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Check the Yellow Pages under Fire Extinguishers.
The Rosenberg Fire Department does not supply sand bags or shovels. Check the Yellow Pages under Rock, or Sand and Gravel.
Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 911 operator. The Rosenberg Fire Department thinks pessimistically when they respond to citizens in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. They are fast, well-trained and pleasant in their response.
A computer selects the closest unit to respond to an incident. The Fire Department’s philosophy is to get our firefighters there as soon as possible. In preparation for the worse-case scenario, an ambulance often is dispatched as well. The first unit on the scene may not be an advanced life support unit (a unit with paramedics). Therefore, such a unit also will be responding.
There may be four Fire Department vehicles on the scene for what appears to be a “simple” incident. However, in emergency services we have learned that if we assume something is “simple,” we can be horribly mistaken. Plus, we respond as fast as we can, prepared to encounter the worst. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs help.
As explained in the previous answer, sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. The first unit may have arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation and informed the dispatcher that the situation was under control. All other responding units were cancelled and put back into service, ready to take another call.
Most likely, when you see an emergency vehicle go “Code 3” (lights and siren) through an intersection and then slow down and turn the emergency lights off, they have been cancelled from the call they were going on.
This is called “venting the roof.” There are two basic reasons for this practice. Dangerous gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building. Unlike the movie version of fires, it is impossible for firefighters to see in such an environment.
When a hole is made in the roof because the building is “vented,” the smoke and gases escape because heat and smoke rise. It makes it much easier for the firefighters in the building to see. It also reduces the possibilities of backdraft and flashover. Another reason for venting the roof is to see how far the fire has progressed.
One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic where the fire can move quickly. Firefighters may go ahead of the fire on a roof, cut holes to access the attic, and stop the fire from spreading through the attic.
See firefighter recruitment/career information or call 832-595-3600. Battalion Chief Daryl Maretka can also assist you with any further questions you may have. Lastly, you can visit the Human Resources page.
Most fire fatalities occur between 2 am and 6 am, when most people are sleeping. Smoke from a residential fire can quickly kill the occupants. A smoke detector can save those lives.
Generally, a chirping sound means that the battery in your detector needs to be changed. If you would like assistance with a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, please give us a call at 832-595-3600. We’ll be glad to help if we can.
Generally, several detectors are required to provide full protection. Smoke detectors should be installed on every living level of the home, inside each bedroom, and in the main corridor outside each bedroom area.
Install a minimum of two detectors even in single level homes. Install a smoke detector in each bedroom as well as the main corridor outside of the bedroom area. Install a smoke detector above stairwells.
Mount smoke detectors in the middle of the ceiling, if possible. If not, mount detectors on the wall, at least three feet from a corner and 4 to 6 inches from the ceiling. Keep detectors away from fans or air ducts.
Avoid placing the detector too close to kitchen stoves and bathroom showers. Mount basement detectors at the bottom of the basement stairwell.
There are two basic types of smoke detectors: ionization and photo-electric. Both are effective at detecting fire, yet each has a unique detecting system. Each type of detector comes as AC-operated smoke detectors or battery- powered smoke detectors. Some AC detectors come with a battery back-up system.
Maintenance tips include:
If you hear a smoke detector alarm:
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The City of Rosenberg has not adopted a Zoning Ordinance or Zoning map; however, there are land development regulations located in the Unified Development Code (UDC). At request, the Planning Department can write a No Zoning Letter. If you only need a generic No Zoning Letter, you can find it here.
The first step in platting your property is to contact a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor. The Surveyor will manage the platting of the property and all the approvals that the City requires. Questions about whether you have enough land for a certain plan can be directed to the Planning Department.
A Preliminary/Final plat typically takes three (3) months for approvals, if there are no major issues. Building plans can be reviewed concurrently, but will not be issued until the plat has Council approval.
To find a flow chart showing the process from beginning to end, please follow this link.
Since there is no Zoning in the City of Rosenberg, use is not restricted (except for a few state and ordinance regulated uses). One thing to keep in mind, is that if you wish to convert your existing building into another use, the building must be brought into compliance with adopted Building Codes. One of the biggest challenges of converting residential to commercial, is that commercial buildings must have a 30-foot setback from adjacent residential uses.
The City of Rosenberg is responsible for issuing interment/disinterment and monument permits for the WOW Cemetery, also known as the Rosenberg Cemetery. The City does not own or sell any spaces.
Multi-family regulations are found in Chapter 1 of the Unified Development Code, or can be reviewed using this extracted document. Multi-family is any development on one piece of land, with more than two dwelling units.
Yes, you must be a United States citizen.
There is no age limit to apply, however you must pass all phases of the hiring process.
To submit an application:
The hiring process can vary anywhere from 2 to 4 months.
Yes. Please see our Lateral Officers page to see if you qualify as a lateral applicant.
Yes, the Department’s Recruitment Unit will conduct its own thorough background investigation on everyone who makes it to the background phase of the hiring process.
If you are a potential applicant, contact our Recruiting Unit at 832-595-3800 to request approval for a ride along.
Personnel may exhibit visible tattoos, body art, or branding that is approved by the Chief of Police. Any tattoos, body art, and branding on the head, face, neck and hands are prohibited.
Yes. Mustaches shall be neatly trimmed at all times. Facial hair may be worn and must be neatly trimmed and well groomed. The length of facial hair must be kept trimmed to a half-inch or less.
You will need to purchase your own firearm, ammunition, footwear and handcuffs. The department will provide you with uniforms, ballistic vest, duty belt and accessories.
At this time, Rosenberg Police Department does not send any applicants to the police academy. There are several academies located in the Fort Bend County and Houston area where you can receive you State Peace Officer Certification.
You may apply for employment while still enrolled in a police academy, however you are not eligible for hire until you complete the academy and are a licensed Texas Peace Officer.
No. A Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is typically used as a way to allow the public to get a view of the inner workings of a police department. You do not receive any type of State Certification to be a Peace Officer in a CPA. You should make sure the academy you attend will end with a state peace officer certification if you are wanting to apply to be a Police Officer.
Lying, omitting or minimizing facts is where most applicants get dropped. Usually, the act in and of itself would not disqualify the applicant, but because an integrity violation occurs, the applicant is disqualified.
The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy give the public an insight of how the Police Department works and its policies and procedures, through a series of classes involving instruction by police officers.
No. A Citizen Police Academy is designed to give the public a look at the inner workings of the Police Department. You will not receive any certification or licensing after graduation and you will not have the ability to enforce any type of laws.
The program originated in Orlando, Florida in 1984. Orlando was the first city in the United States to start a Citizen Police Academy.
We feel the more information the public has about the Police Department, less fears and misconceptions will exist.
Students meet at the Rosenberg Police Department unless otherwise instructed. All classes are free.
Students range from 18 years of age and above. We have had the following attend our classes in past years:
Apply online at or submit a completed Citizen Police Academy Application (PDF) in person at the Rosenberg Police Department, located at:2120 4th StreetRosenberg, TX 77471
Applicants who have the following will automatically be disqualified from consideration for the Citizen Police Academy:
The classes are held on Thursday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Anyone who misses 3 or more classes can be disqualified and may not be allowed to graduate from the Academy.
If an officer or employee of the Rosenberg Police Department provides service that you feel should be commended, we encourage you to let us know.
Compliment the employee by emailing the Police Department or by filling out a compliment form.
Complaints against members of the Rosenberg Police Department may be made by letter or in person, and under certain circumstances by phone. Keep in mind that anonymous complaints are difficult to investigate. No matter how the complaint is made it is the responsibility of the contacted supervisor to inform the complainant of the proper procedure for filing a complaint. In most circumstances the complaint must be in writing.
Complaints can be filed at the Rosenberg Police Department located at:2120 4th StreetRosenberg, Texas 7747You can also call the Department at 832-595-3700, or email the Department.
If you have an allegation of misconduct against an employee of the Rosenberg Police Department, you may complete a complaint form.
All complaints received by the department are processed through the Internal Affairs Office. When a complaint is received, it is reviewed to determine the nature of the allegations.
The Internal Affairs Division investigates the most serious type of complaints involving allegations such as excessive force, or any discharge of firearms or criminal activity, such as theft. Complaints comparatively less serious in nature, such as rude behavior or improper procedure, are forwarded to the individual employee’s division for investigation.
In every case, the person making the complaint will be contacted during the investigation for additional information, and will be notified by mail of the final disposition. Questions regarding the process may be addressed to the Professional Standards Lieutenant during regular business hours, by contacting the Rosenberg Police Department at 832-595-3700.
Si un oficial o empleado del Departamento de Policía de Rosenberg brinda un servicio que usted considera que debe ser encomiado, lo invitamos a que nos lo comunique.
Felicite al empleado enviándonos un correo electrónico.
Las quejas contra miembros del Departamento de Policía de Rosenberg pueden hacerse por medio de una carta o en persona, y bajo ciertas circunstancias por teléfono. Tenga en cuenta que las quejas anónimas son difíciles de investigar. No importa cómo se haga la queja, es responsabilidad del supervisor que fue contactado informar a la persona que presentó la queja sobre el procedimiento adecuado para presentar una queja. En la mayoría de las circunstancias, la queja debe ser por escrito.
Las quejas pueden presentarse en el Departamento de Policía de Rosenberg ubicado en:2120 4th StreetRosenberg, Texas 77471También puede llamar al Departamento al 832-595-3700 o enviar un correo electrónico al Departamento.
Si tiene una acusación de conducta indebida contra un empleado del Departamento de Policía de Rosenberg, puede completar y enviar un Formulario de Queja en Contra de un Oficial [PDF] disponible aquí.
Todas las quejas recibidas por el departamento se procesan a través de la Oficina de Asuntos Internos. Cuando se recibe una queja, se revisa para determinar la naturaleza de las alegaciones.
La División de Asuntos Internos investiga el tipo más grave de quejas que involucran alegaciones tales como fuerza excesiva, o cualquier descarga de armas de fuego o actividad criminal, como el robo. Las quejas de naturaleza relativamente menos seria, como comportamiento grosero o procedimiento inadecuado, se remiten a la división del empleado individual para su investigación.
En todos los casos, la persona que hace la queja será contactada durante la investigación para obtener información adicional, y será notificada por correo de la disposición final. Las preguntas relacionadas con el proceso pueden dirigirse al Teniente de Normas Profesionales durante el horario laboral normal, comunicándose con el Departamento de Policía de Rosenberg al 832-595-3700.
To expedite assistance with solid waste concerns you will now contact GFL directly for most trash issues. Missed pick-ups will now be reported directly to GFL either by phone to the dedicated Rosenberg support team at 832-271-5187 or via email at CityofRosenberg@gflenv.com. Changes to your service or billing questions will still be handled by City of Rosenberg Customer Service by calling 832-595-3400.
To expedite assistance with solid waste concerns you will now contact GFL directly for most trash issues. Missed pick-ups, broken carts, etc. will now be reported directly to GFL either by phone to the dedicated Rosenberg support team at 832-271-5187 or via email at CityofRosenberg@gflenv.com. Changes to your service or billing questions will still be handled by City of Rosenberg Customer Service by calling 832-595-3400.
If you, or someone you know, is physically unable to move their carts to the curb for pickup, you may be eligible for the City’s cart assistance program. To participate in the program, there cannot be anyone at the location physically capable of moving the cart. Interested individuals should contact Customer Service at 832-595-3400 option 2 for assistance.
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The current method of disinfection used is chlorination.
Chloramination is the use of both ammonia and chlorine to disinfect water. Chloramines are safe in drinking water and serve as an effective method of disinfection. In the U.S., many water systems have used chloramination for several decades.
For most customers, the only noticeable change will be that the chlorine smell and taste in our water will be less apparent.
Both chlorine and chloramine must be removed from the water used in kidney dialysis machines. Medical centers that perform dialysis and dialysis centers are responsible for purifying water that enters the dialysis machines. Customers with home dialysis equipment should contact their physicians or dialysis centers regarding chloramination and how it will affect them. They should also check with the equipment manufacturer for information.
Chloramines should be removed from water that is used in fish tanks, ponds, and aquariums. Tropical fish shops and other businesses that keep fish or other animals in aquariums or ponds are encouraged to contact a pet supply company about how to remove chloramines before using drinking water in an aquarium.
Similarly, customers who use drinking water for aquaculture (growing plants in a water tank or pond) are encouraged to get expert advice regarding whether and how to neutralize or remove chloramines. Also, restaurants and grocery stores with lobster tanks must take special precautions to treat the water.
Businesses and other organizations in the City that use the City’s water for commercial laundering operations, textile dying, laboratory procedures and other processes in which water characteristics must be carefully controlled should get advice from equipment manufacturers or other suppliers regarding changes that may or may not be needed.
Chloramination will not affect routine water uses such as food preparation, household laundering and dishwashing, watering plants, etc. Chloramines will not have any effect on any type of lawn and will usually be removed by the high chlorine demand in the soil.
Most water softeners are not designed to remove chloramines.
This program is a temporary conversion from chloramine to free chlorine disinfection, and is a water industry routine maintenance measure designed to keep water mains clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria throughout the year.
The water will continue to meet Federal and State standards for safe drinking water during this program; however, customers may notice a difference in taste and/or smell. Each individual has his or her own sensitivity level to the taste and/or odor of free chlorine. Many detect no change at all. The chlorine taste and smell during the first two weeks of the maintenance program is normal and poses no health risk.
This is a planned treatment designed to provide additional protection to our customers against bacteria in the water supply. Many utilities using chloramine disinfection find it helpful to periodically switch to a free chlorine treatment program to help maintain system integrity.
The maintenance program is typically planned twice per year in the months of June and December. This duration is based on recommendations that the maintenance period should last for about three weeks. If there are any changes in the duration of the program, customers will be notified.
The program will include all customers of the City of Rosenberg Utilities Water System.
Yes, both forms of chlorine are safe for people and animals to drink, for cooking and bathing, watering the garden, and for all other common uses. However, precautions must be taken to remove or neutralize chloramines and free chlorine during the kidney dialysis processing, in the preparation of water for fish tanks and ponds, and for businesses requiring highly-processed water. Most customers will not need to take any precautions as the water remains safe to drink and is treated according to both state and federal standards.
People and businesses that normally take special precautions to remove disinfectants like chloramines from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities and aquatic pet owners, should continue to take the same precautions during the temporary switch from chloramines to free chlorine.
Just like chloramines, free chlorine must be removed from water used in kidney dialysis machines. We advise customers who are dialysis patients to call their physicians or dialysis centers if there are any questions.
Like chloramines, free chlorine is toxic to fish. Fish owners need to remove chlorine, ammonia and chloramines from the water before use with tropical fish. Local pet stores carry water conditioners that remove chloramines and free chlorine. If customers have questions, we recommend contacting their pet store for information and detailed instructions.
The frequency with which utilities switch to free chlorine depends upon the specific conditions of that system including climate and system demands. Free chlorine maintenance is practiced more often in warmer climates such as Texas, especially during the summer. The City of Rosenberg Utilities Department has determined that routine free chlorine maintenance should be practiced once and/or twice per year to promote a healthy distribution system given the low consumption during cold weather, and decreasing water demands for irrigation. This is consistent with the practices of other water utilities in the region.
There are no indications of bacteriological contamination problems. The flushing and disinfection program is designed to maintain distribution system water quality and minimize the potential for any future problem. The maintenance program will include daily testing to monitor water quality and to measure the effectiveness of the program.
Free chlorine is a slightly stronger disinfectant than chloramines, and can be used to remove more resistant organisms that may be found in the water distribution system.
Chloramine is a Federal and State approved disinfectant used in drinking water to removed bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. It is made up of chlorine and ammonia.
While chlorine is an effective disinfectant, using chlorine alone can create disinfection byproducts, which are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, free chlorine may cause taste and odor in the water while chloramines tend to be more palatable.
Utilities customers may experience a difference in taste and/or smell in the water during this temporary change in treatment. Initially during the first week of the maintenance program, the changes will likely be more apparent but will later decrease as the system adjusts to the change. These are normal occurrences and carry no negative health effects.
In order to change the process and facilitate rapid system conversion, we must flush to spread the free-chlorinated water throughout the system.
Local distribution systems will be flushed to clear the chlorinated water as chloraminated water is reintroduced to the system. During this process, customers may see a temporary variation in color. Running water at the tap for one to two minutes should remedy this temporary occurrence.
For more information, please call the Customer Service Department, at 832-595-3400.