EDISON - New Jersey American Water says customers in five New Jersey counties could notice a taste and smell of chlorine in their water following a temporary change in its treatment process.

The utility says the change today at the Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant in Bridgewater and the Canal Road Water Treatment Plant in Somerset is part of its annual pipeline maintenance program. The change is expected to last until February.

The temporary treatment change applies to New Jersey American Water customers in the following communities:

Bedminster, Belle Meade, Bound Brook, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Chester, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Dunellen, Elizabeth, Edison, Fanwood, Flemington, Franklin, Garwood, Green Brook, Hillside, Hillsborough, Jamesburg, Kenilworth, Kingston,
Lawrence, Linden, Manville, Martinsville, Middlesex, Millstone, Montgomery, Mountainside, North Plainfield, Peapak/Gladstone, Piscataway, Plainfield, Plainsboro, Pottersville, Princeton, Raritan, Roselle, Roselle Park, Readington, Scotch Plains, Somerville, South Bound Brook.

To remove the taste of chlorine, the utility says customers should follow these helpful tips:
* Place water in a glass container in the refrigerator overnight uncovered. This will allow the chlorine to dissipate at a faster pace.
* Bring your water to a rolling boil for five minutes and allow the water to cool. This should reduce the chlorine taste and smell in the water.
* Add a lemon slice or a few drops of lemon juice to a glass of drinking water.

Anyone with questions can contact New Jersey American Water at 1-800-NJ AM WTR.