Algal Bloom Altering Taste, Smell of Some Tap Water

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013  |  Updated 3:11 PM CDT
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Tap Water May Taste Funny

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The North Texas Municipal Water District says, just like last year, an algal bloom in area reservoirs may make tap water taste a little funny.

Algal blooms are naturally occurring events and are common in area reservoirs.  As the algae grows, some species secrete an oily substance that causes the odor, according to an NTMWD fact sheet.

The algae isn't dangerous and doesn't change the water quality, but it may give it a "grassy or earthy taste."

To try to minimize the bad taste and/or smell, the water will be treated with ozone.  Meanwhile, the water remains safe to drink.

The NTMWD serves the following member cities: Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City and Wylie. Additionally, the NTMWD lists the following towns as customers: Bonham, Caddo Basin SUD, Cash SUD, College Mound WSC, Copeville SUD, Crandall (Kaufman Four-One), East Fork SUD, Fairview, Fate, Forney Lake WSC, Gastonia-Scurry SUD, Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA), Josephine, Kaufman, Kaufman Four-One, Lavon W.S.C., Little Elm, Lucas, Melissa, Milligan WSC, Mount Zion WSC, Murphy, Nevada WSC, North Collin WSC, Parker, Prosper, Rose, Hill SUD, Rowlett, Sachse, Seis Lagos UD, Sunnyvale, Terrell and Wylie Northeast SUD.

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