Does your water smell or taste funny?Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012
A common question arises every year as the temperatures begin to rise. ""Why does my water smell or taste funny?"" Summer brings higher algae counts in greater abundance on Lake Erie. One type in particular, Ceratium hirundinella, has a fishy or grassy taste and odor, which is very common in our area. It's a natural occurrence and it's very difficult to eliminate it totally. In this instance, the water's taste and odor poses no health risks but is less appealing to the senses. Increased algae are a yearly phenomenon that occurs during the hottest months of the year. Natural phosphate and potassium fertilizers filter from the land and are joined by nitrogen in the air and higher lake temperatures. During summer, fish eat in deeper, cooler water, allowing the bacteria to grow without much reduction. Some years are worse than others and are always affected by natural conditions that exist from year to year.
Helpful Hint: You should turn off outside spigots and disconnect garden hoses when not in use. When a hose is connected and the spigot is on with water left in the hose, the sun heats up the water in the hose, promoting algae growth. The heating of the water in the hose will also cause it to expand and begin forcing water back inside the house through the inside plumbing. The water from the hose may then be siphoned back into the house when a faucet is turned on inside, thus causing the water that you just got from the faucet to have an unpleasant odor and taste.
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your water, please call the Utilities Department at 353-0841.