WHAT’S UP WITH THAT: Yucky water


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If you are experiencing poor taste and odor of your drinking water, you’re not alone. As has been reported on the news and in the newspapers, most of Middle Tennessee is experiencing an earthy or musty odor in the drinking water — and that includes Brentwood.

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If you are experiencing poor taste and odor of your drinking water, you’re not alone. As has been reported on the news and in the newspapers, most of Middle Tennessee is experiencing an earthy or musty odor in the drinking water.

The earthy quality of the water being experienced is related to several factors associated with the hot summer months. When conditions such as the heat, low river flow and minimal rainfall are present, bodies of water will produce blue-green algae. This algae produces compounds which can bypass water treatment processes and find their way into the drinking water supply. It’s an annual occurrence that is experienced by customers at varying levels of detection.

Brentwood water customers receive drinking water from two sources, a Metro-Nashville water treatment facility and the Harpeth Valley Utility District water treatment facility. Both treatment facilities receive water from the Cumberland River which is the source of the blue-green algae. This summer the algae has been particularly unpleasant along the Cumberland River.

What’s important is that the water is perfectly safe to customers. The water is tested daily and meets all of the most stringent water quality testing requirements of EPA and the state. Both treatment facilities are addressing the problem, but it takes time to remove the earthy smell and taste from water and the water treatment facilities ask for your patience as these two suppliers of water work through this situation.

For more information, contact the Brentwood Water Department at 371-0080.

About The Author

Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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