Manatee County’s water officials say residents may notice a difference in the taste and odor of their water soon.
Algae blooms are regular seasonal occurrences in Lake Manatee, the area’s drinking water supply. Already, tests have indicated the presence of small quantities of the blue-green algae, which at high levels can cause an earthy or musty taste or odor in the water.
Officials at the water treatment plant have already begun to remedy the situation, treating the water by adding a powdered activated carbon to remove the compound and prevent any effects on customers’ water.
Customers will notice a difference in water only when the algae levels exceed the treatment plant’s removal capabilities. Although the algae does cause an earthy taste in the water, there are no known health effects.
Officials recommend using a carbon filter hooked up to the faucet, chilling the water before drinking it or simply adding a few drops of lemon juice to the water to help with any changes in taste.
For more information or questions about water quality issues, contact the Water Treatment Plant Quality Control Laboratory at 746-3020, Ext. 228 or Ext. 226.
Contact Pam McTeer at [email protected].