OTTAWA — If you get your drinking water from Ottawa, you may have noticed an unpleasant taste or smell coming from your tap.
Water treatment plant officials are looking for answers.
“We have a couple of ideas. The EPA’s been out and we’ve looked at it all together and we’re trying to come up with an actual answer. This is not unique in Ohio. This happens all over. Sometimes there’s a mineral-ly taste and smell. It could be a combination of chemistry or it could be algae that we can’t see. So far, we really haven’t had a smoking gun,” said Doug Schroeder, director of the water treatment plant in Ottawa.
Ottawa supplies water to both Glandorf in Putnam County and Bluffton in Allen County.
“We flushed our system and got together with Bluffton and Glandorf, and both of those systems were flushed so we can put in fresh water. We take the complaints and we try and pinpoint those areas where that water isn’t aesthetically pleasing and we flush those lines there. We’re doing everything we can,” said Schroeder.
“It’s still usable water. You can get filters and things like that to filter out the taste. There is no human danger or anything like that,” he said.
Schroeder says they haven’t noticed any algae blooms in the village’s reservoir, but they can not rule out anything at this point.
“As we treat our environment the way we do, you always end up with some new crisis every year, every couple of years where you develop a new strain of algae and there’s some kind of bug or something. It’s funny how that works,” Schroeder added.
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