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Archive for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lab tests confirm that cause of unpleasant odor and taste of Lawrence’s drinking water is elevated level of algae byproduct

June 12, 2012

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Laboratory tests have confirmed that a byproduct of dead algae is producing the odd tastes and odors in the city’s water supply.

Jeanette Klamm, a spokeswoman for the city’s Utilities Department, said test results found elevated geosmin levels in the raw water coming out of Clinton Lake.

Geosmin, a compound produced when algae die, can cause an earthy and musty taste and odor to drinking water. But city officials said the geosmin poses no health risks to people or pets who consume the water.

Klamm said the geosmin levels currently are holding steady. The city hopes the taste and odor issues soon will become less noticeable, but said it was difficult to predict future levels because they fluctuate with the weather.

Klamm said the city is working to remove the taste and odor by adding more carbon to the city’s water treatment process.

“But it is one of those things where at a certain point, the carbon just doesn’t do it anymore,” Klamm said.

Klamm, however, said the city doesn’t have alternative treatment options, such as an ozone process, because of cost constraints.

Comments

christiangirl93 1 year, 10 months ago

I think the water taste good. But I wish they would not put flouride in it. That is a dangerous chemical that the government puts in water to make people dumb.

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Rich Noever 1 year, 10 months ago

Gee no one blamed it on Brownback. Are you guys losing your touch?

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verity 1 year, 10 months ago

Pretty much every spring in east Lawrence my water started to smell fishy. That's how I could tell it was spring.

Avoided ever drinking the stuff out of the faucet as much as possible.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

At least it's not Naegleria fowleri

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JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

Is this the blue green algae? That stuff was all over Perry last Summer. Glad I sold my boat a few years ago.

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gatekeeper 1 year, 10 months ago

So glad I live in N. Lawrence. No funky smell or taste in the water here. Can't believe I'm saying I'm happy to get my water from the Kaw, but at least it doesn't have the algae issues the lake does.

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toe 1 year, 10 months ago

I thought that odor was coming from city hall. Guess that is another odor.

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 10 months ago

Perhaps it is contaminated by bear scat.....and cougar.....and panther.....

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Adrienne Sanders 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't know why they're acting surprised that this happened. It happens EVERY year. And next week the water will taste like bleach from what they put in to kill the algae taste.

I use a Brita pitcher year round, it works for me 95% of the time. (Sometimes the bleach taste is so strong it can't handle it.)

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tennesseerader 1 year, 10 months ago

I will be sure to bring my own water when I come to visit Lawrence.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 10 months ago

This is the reason I don't drink water. This and the three things that fish do in the water: p, poo, and procreate.

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Ken Harris 1 year, 10 months ago

Our Brita filter doesn't filter the taste out. This is a recurring problem and the city should invest in the ozone system.

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dogsandcats 1 year, 10 months ago

It might not be harmful but it's frigging disgusting. If the city won't improve the quality of our water, they should at least reimburse me for my Brita filters.

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bobberboy 1 year, 10 months ago

eeeeewwwwww we've been drinking algae farts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 10 months ago

What did I tell ya, it was Microbes all along

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Patricia Davis 1 year, 10 months ago

I say to hell with the proposed western play palace and let's spend the money on better ways to keep drinking water safe.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 10 months ago

All you greenies should be very happy. Just think how lucky you are to augment your subsistance with this green organic matter. Yet I have heard many of you whine about your water.

Cant have it both ways!

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