You might taste or smell something different the next time you turn on your faucet.The water doesn’t smell or taste very good.It’s not unusual this time of year and it’s all because of what’s happening now at Beaver Lake.
“It’s algae, said Lane Crider with the Beaver Water District.“Algae blooms this time of year - especially when we are having warm conditions without any rain.”Advertisement
That means your drinking water can taste and smell bad.It’s impacting the city’s served by Beaver Water treatment.This includes Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville.But there is no danger.
“Absolutely no issue with the safety of the water that is hopefully an aesthetic issue that will not be long lived,” said Crider.
Most people we spoke with haven’t noticed.The popularity of bottled water consumption could be the reason why.
“We are a filter family - bottled water family,” said Terry Lindo of Rogers.“We don’t do a lot of the out of the tap drinking.”
Consumer awareness may also help alleviate the stinky Beaver Lake water issue.Crider said human actions can also contribute to the algae buildup due to water runoff.
“We need to be mindful of the run-off that reaches the lake and into the water shed. So making sure we are not washing our grass clippings in to the storm water system making sure that we are not getting all the run off,” said Crider.
There are a few tips to freshen up the water. Chilling the water and adding a little lemon will help along with using carbon filters to remove the poor taste and smell.