Water treatment plant to help with taste of Waco water

POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:29pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- After years of complaints about the bad taste and smell of the water, people living in Waco might notice something different.

Now that the city has a new treatment center near the lake, the water will no longer have an odor and taste.

The $46 million system aims to eliminate the smell and taste in the water.

The new system injects air into the tanks to float the algae to the top. Then, skimmers scrape off the algae in an extra step to clean the water.

Water Utilities Spokesperson, Jonathan Echols, say algae is what was causing the strange odor and taste.

"They release a chemical when they die called geosmin which causes our taste and odor issues. So by removing it here at the lake site, before we move on to our other system, we remove it before it has a chance to die before it releases that chemical," says Echols.

The new filtering system puts Waco ahead of the curve in terms of water treatment.

It also means the city can produce 30 million more gallons of water everyday.

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