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A Change in Tap Water Taste Shouldn't Cause Concern

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A strange taste and smell in tap water recently has people concerned.
But officials don't want them to worry. 

Courtney Plante reports.

People have noticed a change in their tap water lately. 

"It tastes different. It tastes funny like there's something in it".

"I've been buying a lot of bottled water lately versus using the tap water, it just tends to taste a lot better".

The taste may seem different -- but it's not uncommon this time of year.
Every Spring snow melt enters the river -- bringing with it organic material.

"Sometimes the water tastes kind of different until we get dialed in and the river settles down," said Keith Demke, Director of Utility Operations, Public Works.

Demke says the water should be back to normal within a week -- and the water treatment plant is doing what they can to fix it.

"We lime soften it, the water and remove all the organics. And we remove other things out of the water, like the color," said Duane Friesz, Water Plant Superintendent.

They also pre-treat the water and add additional chemicals to remove the taste and odor. 

"After it goes through these filter's it's acceptable for drinking water," said Duane Friesz, Water Plant Superintendent.

The water may taste and smell odd right now -- but Friesz and Demke want people to know that it is safe to drink.

Reporting for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

Demke says this won't be much of a problem in upcoming years. 
A new well put in place will take water from underneath the river instead of directly from it.
He says it should be up and running before Summer. 


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