City water takes negative turn

Residents and businesses in Ashland may have noticed a negative change in taste and odor with city water recently, but city officials said its water meets all of the drinking water standards and is safe to drink.

This year's fall algae bloom in Reeder Reservoir is persisting at a fairly dense level as city staff has reduced the amount of chemical usually used to kill the algae. A similar bloom was reported during the early summer months as the water temperatures in the reservoir started to warm up.

The algae bloom is caused by seasonal temperatures and is more affected with a decrease in water flowing into the reservoir. This is a natural process and will "right itself" with cooler temperatures, city officials said in a press release on Tuesday, that will soon lower the reservoir water temperature as it is now warmer than the early morning temperatures. The rains will help to dilute the amount of water in the reservoir and aid in cooling as well.

City staff, with help from consultants, are studying water quality and water treatment options surrounding the changes in incoming raw water temperatures throughout the summer. Until the natural cooling and algae reduction process happens, staff will look into the opportunity to further reduce this year's algae bloom through a circulation pump / fountain at the reservoir to help reduce the negative affects of taste and odor in the city water.

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