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The original item was published from 7/2/2013 8:45:00 AM to 9/2/2013 12:10:01 AM.

Lafayette Public Works Department

Posted on: July 2, 2013

[ACTIVE] Seasonal Taste and Odor Changes in City Water

As the temperatures begin heating up for longer stretches of time it is common for some citizens to experience a change in taste (or odor) in their water. (A small portion of the population is sensitive to these changes. There are no standards for taste and odor since they are subjective.)

These changes are due to the fact that algae blooms grow in our water sources (our reservoirs and lakes) when the temperature heats up. This is a common issue all along the Front Range.

It is important to remember that the water is safe to drink and use.

To improve the taste of the water fill a pitcher with water and place in the refrigerator overnight. Warm water will generally have more of a strong "earthy" taste than cold water.

The City is currently adjusting the treatment of the water to address this matter.

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