Algae blooms to blame for "musty, earthy" water taste in Broken Arrow


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 9/05/2013 9:39 pm Published: 9/05/2013 9:26 pm


The City of Broken Arrow has had several complaints this week regarding the taste and odor of the water in the area. Some residents told FOX23 that they would describe the taste as musty and earthy.

“It kind of has a dirty like taste to it,” said Carolyn, a Broken Arrow resident.

Following the complaints the city told FOX23 that have tested the water and tried the flush the area water lines in an attempt to address the issue.

Assistant to the City Manager, Norman Stephens, told FOX23 that the cause of the smell and taste is harmless and safe for consumption.

“We’ve had it tested with Tulsa Health Department and everything is within the limits,” said Stephens.

Stephens said the culprit is algae-blooms.

“We had a substantial amount of rain this year,” said Stephens, “That created a high amount of algae bloom and organic material like that in the water and that created the slight smell.”

Some of the residents in Broken Arrow said that they have purchased bottled water until the tap water gets back to normal.

The bar manager at Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow told FOX23 that they haven’t had a lot of complaints about the water and it hasn’t affected business.

Stephens said that the issue should resolve itself in a few weeks. The City of Broken Arrow staff will continue to monitor the water quality.

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