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The City of Edmond has received numerous inquiries from residents recently regarding the current odor and taste of the city’s water. The water is safe for consumption, and meets the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
Edmond’s water supply consists of two primary sources: surface water from Arcadia Lake and well water from the Garber-Wellington aquifer. The current issue stems from Arcadia Lake experiencing problems associated with dissolved organic matter (algae).
Hot and dry weather from June through mid-August attributed to an increase in algae concentrations in the lake. Recent rains have compounded the issue by stirring up the lake layers and causing further breakdown of algae. The algae presence and breakdown can give the drinking water an earthy or musty odor and taste.
The city will be increasing the level of ozone used in the water treatment process as it is the most effective way to combat this odor and taste event. The upcoming cooler weather will also help slow the breakdown of organic matter and result in improved water odor and taste.
For more information regarding Edmond’s water supply, please visit http://edmondwater.com or call 216-7675.