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Residents within the City of Monroe City have been questioning the quality of water flowing from their faucets. Residents have noticed a foul odor and a difference in taste, which has alerted the public with concerns of the quality of the water being provided.

“The warmer weather causes the water quality to change periodically, increased temperatures affect the water,” stated Lead Operator George Hausdorf, of PeopleServices. Hausdorf explained, the free chlorine residual minimum is 0.20 per regulations. The water was measuring below the minimum so PeopleServices increased the chlorine to meet the correct measurements.”

Hausdorf stated, “All tests performed on July 8 were well in the correct perameters,” making the water safe for public use.

Hausdorf denied having an answer to explain the “dirty” water odor noted by community members, but stated, “The city’s water supply is a surface water supply. We do treat the lake with carbon sulfate to help cut down on algae growth.”

According to chemists at the University of Missouri, drinking water can sometimes have a dirt-like taste or grainy texture. This is not an uncommon phenomenon. One possible cause of foul-tasting water is that it may have been invaded by geosmin, a fickle compound made up of soil and plant bacteria, or algae blooms. Geosmin is so potent that it only takes 10 nanograms per liter for the human palate to detect a dirt-like taste. As for algae blooms, if you notice a soil-like taste around summertime, then you may have found the source of what has been affecting the taste of your water. When warm weather sets in, algae begins to multiply at the bottom of lakes, ponds, and other water sources. Although harmless, both of these “all-too natural” culprits make for poor-tasting water.

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