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Temporary change in water taste, odor in Mesa

(City of Mesa)

Mesa residents may notice a slight change in the taste and odor of their water for the next few weeks, according to Kathy Macdonald, with the Mesa Water Resources Department.

“The temporary change is caused by a byproduct of seasonal algae in surface water called geosmin,” she said. “Even at low concentrations, geosmin causes a musty or soil-like taste and odor in the water. Geosmin is not harmful and the water is safe to drink and use in daily activities.”

Macdonald said the city of Mesa’s Brown Road Water Treatment Plant is using carbon treatment to reduce geosmin in the water distribution system.

She said Mesa’s water continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards. For more information about water quality, Mesa’s Consumer Confidence Report can be found online at www.mesaaz.gov/ccr. For questions or hard copies of the report, contact 480-644-6461 or water.quality@mesaaz.gov.

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