Ohio EPA: Ottawa water still safe to drink


OTTAWA — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has released details of its investigation conducted last week into taste and odor concerns in the Ottawa, Glandorf and Bluffton water systems.

According to Dina Pierce, media coordinator for the EPA Northwest District, EPA staff went to Ottawa Friday to discuss these issues with Ottawa water department personnel. The EPA learned that water plant operators were increasing active carbon and potassium permanganate feeds into the treatment process to mitigate the taste and odor issues, along with adding copper sulfate to the reservoir.

Ottawa agreed to flush the entire water system, including supply lines to Glandorf and Bluffton. That flush began Friday and continued through the weekend and Monday, according to Pierce.

A water sample collected by the EPA had no organisms connected to toxic algae blooms present.

Pierce asserted that the taste and odor are improving and the water remains safe to consume.

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