Water tasting bad? Bloomington officials say not to worry

Published: Sep. 12, 2022 at 6:57 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - Anyone who’s turned on the sink in Bloomington recently may have noticed some changes to their water, and those changes might not be all that pleasant.

The city’s water comes from two sources: Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake. Towards the end of summer, seasonal shifts cause harmless compounds to affect the flavor and smell of water, but not its quality. According to a release from the city last week, despite the odd taste, lab tests show it the water still meets all guidelines and health standards. In the notice, public works officials emphasize the fact that these changes are normal.

“It’s not a health hazard, it’s not a safety concern, it’s just a seasonal change that occurs in our lakes, and not everyone notices it, but some do,” says Kevin Kothe, Director of Public Works for the City of Bloomington.

At the moment, it’s unknown how long the odd taste will last. But the city stresses that the water is still safe to drink, even if it doesn’t taste as good.

“There’s a particular odor to it, a weird smell. It’s not very pleasant either,” says local resident Victor Montoya. “It’s the smell that I’m kind of concerned about.”

“Some people are more sensitive to that taste and odor. You talk to a group of people, some might not have noticed there was any difference,” says Kothe.

Public works says this is typical during the summer months

“It’s something that residents of Bloomington, if they’ve been around for a while, know can happen this time of year.”

It’s not a permanent issue, either. Additional water treatment processes are applied to remove those compounds and lessen the impact with a carbon filter process, so those unpleasant smells won’t stick around for long.

“We’re doing things to try to lessen it, to get past this time...it will get better as the fall comes upon us,” adds Kothe.