Water tastes different, but it's safe


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Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 5:34 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
Many cities and towns along the Mississippi River are fielding questions about the taste of municipal water.

Greg Swanson, Moline utilities general manager, said the city's water is safe to drink, although it may taste or smell a little different than usual. The high summer temperatures and drought caused low water levels, promoting the growth of certain types of algae.

"Now that fall is here, the algae and plant life in the river is dying off and that is putting byproducts into the river," he said. "That is what we are contending with."

Moline has doubled the amount of power-activated carbon in the water to address concerns about a different taste and odor, and it's working, he said.

"People do not need to be concerned about the safety of the water," Mr. Swanson said, adding it's constantly tested for quality and, by law, the city must issue a public notice if there is a health or safety issue.



















 



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