Tap water quality ‘back up to standards,’ say officials

Lake Chaplain Reservoir (Photo courtesy City of Everett website)
Lake Chaplain Reservoir (Photo courtesy City of Everett website)

The recent problems with disagreeable taste and odor in South Snohomish County tap water are a thing of the past, according to the Everett Public Works Department. When Lynnwood Today investigated local residents’ complaints of bad-tasting water, officials blamed it on an algae bloom in Lake Chaplain, the source of water for 80 percent of Snohomish County residents.

“The Lake Chaplain algae bloom is behind us,” said Everett Public Works spokesperson Marla Carter. “But these can go in cycles, so we’re closely monitoring the situation.”

During the late June algae bloom, the City of Everett began mixing Lake Chaplain water with water from the larger Spada Lake to help bring up the quality. According to Carter, Lake Chaplain water is now “equal or better” than that from Spada Lake, and as of last Thursday the system reverted to using water exclusively from Lake Chaplain.

Carter reports that in addition to the usual chemical and clarity tests, the city has instituted a tasting panel at the treatment plant to add a human touch to their ongoing quality testing.

“Depending on where customers are in the system, it could take up to 10 days for the change to reach them,” said Carter. “But with the improvements in water quality over the past few weeks, customers will probably not notice a difference.”

— By Larry Vogel

 

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