strange, they just had a major problem here in my local town of some kind of bacteria problem and put a bunch of chems in the water.
below is the local news paper story
Does Marion have stinky, musty water?
Official blame it on algae; say it's safe to drink
After hearing various complaints, Marion officials said they are working to address the problems with the taste and odor in the city’s water system.
City Manager Bob Boyette said officials recently received complaints from various water customers about taste and odor issues with the water. Folks have complained about an earthy or musty taste.
“After recognizing that this was more than an isolated issue, city staff immediately consulted with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Public Water Supply Section, which regulates the city’s water operations, to determine the cause of the problem and possible solutions,” read a news release.
City staff and state officials looked at options for the problems and have undertaken several courses of action. As of Monday, state officials were convinced that the taste and odor problems were created by an algae bloom infiltrating the city’s Buck Creek intake. The city gets its water from three sources: Buck, Clear and Mackey creeks. Of the three, Buck Creek provides the largest amount of water for the system, said Boyette.
The algae bloom appears to be exaggerated this year by high temperatures, heavy rainfall and resulting runoff. City staff traced the source of the algae bloom to a hydrilla outbreak on Lake Tahoma. The amount of hydrilla appears to be particularly pronounced on Lake Tahoma this year, according to the news release.
State officials advised the city that these types of algae blooms and resulting taste and odor problems are not uncommon in western North Carolina. Other cities have experienced similar problems in recent years, often to a greater degree than Marion is currently experiencing.
“Water treated at the city’s Water Plant and throughout the water distribution system is continuously tested,” read the news release. “In addition, all locations where complaints have been received about taste and odor have been tested. All tests taken on city water at the Water Plant, in the water distribution system and at customer locations have indicated that the water meets all state and federal water quality standards.”
Boyette said the water is completely safe to drink, but the taste and odor problems have been unpleasant for many customers, created an inconvenience and nuisance for them and clearly do not meet the city’s high standards for its water.
“The city has won awards for water quality from the state for 11 consecutive years and understands the need to provide water that has a quality appearance and taste, as well as meeting all state and federal standards,” the news release stated.
Several steps have already been taken to address the problem, including reducing the use of water from Buck Creek as much as possible, adding continuous carbon feed to the water treatment process to address the taste and odor issues and thoroughly cleaning all basins at the Water Plant.
“Additional steps will be taken as necessary until the problems are thoroughly corrected,” read the news release. “The city apologizes for this problem and any inconvenience the taste and odor issues have created for city water customers. The city will continue to take all measures needed to address the taste and odor issues until the problem is fully corrected.”