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Algae Bloom Creates 'Musty' Taste in Local Water

An algae bloom in San Bernardino County may be affecting the taste of Southern California water - have you noticed a change lately?

Does your water taste any different lately?

The Metropolitan Water District, which supplies water to most cities in Los Angeles County, announced Friday that some Los Angeles County residents may be getting water from a reservior in San Bernardino County with an algae bloom, which could lead to a "musty" taste in the water.

Most local water agencies use water supplied by the MWD and Glendora is no exception: part of Glendora's water supply comes from filtered surface water from MWD.

According to Bob Muir, a spokesman for MWD, Glendora could be in the area affected by the algae bloom; the agency has described the customers likely to to be affected as east Los Angeles County.

There are no health risks associated with the algae bloom, according to MWD's press release - the only problem is the water flavor.

Muir said that water agencies mix the MWD water with different percentages of local water - that means in Glendora, which has multiple water agencies, the water may taste differently depending which water agency a resident gets her water from.

The algae bloom is located in Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County.  MWD officials will be working to neutralize the algae there.

Dave Sanders July 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Our tap water in east Glendora has tasted "funky" for 5-6 months now, so I don't think I can blame it on this algae bloom. Even a filter doesn't rid the taste. Guess I wouldn't get much of a response if I complained now, though.
Marci Richmond Herrera July 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I noticed it yesterday, because it was really cloudy... Glad to hear it is safe, but it doesn't taste good. Have to make iced tea.
MellowMaverick July 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I never drink the local water. I only use it to water lawn, for bath,shower,dishwashing, laundry and toilet. Everything else is in bottles.

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