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Kelley McClain
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Username: Kelley

Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 10:21 pm:   

Over the past couple of weeks the water in Frisco and Plano tastes and smells like dirt. What is causing this and what is being done about it? Appreciate any information. Thanks!

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Post Number: 238
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:10 am:   


Our water is safe to drink with no health hazards created regardless of the taste and odor.

The natural occurrence of algal blooms in all surface water is responsible for the taste and odor changes in our water supply. These algal blooms generally occur in late July and August of each year. The conditions for algal blooms include the presence of nutrients and temperature increases of the lake water.

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) uses potassium permanganate to reduce odor and activated carbon to reduce any unpleasant taste. These chemicals are removed during the treatment process prior to the delivery of water to the City of Frisco.

Again, the taste and odor problems do not create any health hazards and is safe to drink. Thanks for your concerns. If you have other questions, you may contact the NTMWD directly at 972-442-5405.

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