Several residents in Fort Worth, and two in Southlake, recently reported some changes in the taste and odor of their drinking water.
The City of Southlake purchases its drinking water from the City of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Water Department traced the changes to the North Holly Water Treatment Plant. The change in odor and taste is attributed to an organic compound known as geosmin. Even minute amounts of geosmin, which has a distinct earthy flavor and aroma, is not harmful. The Fort Worth Water Department increased the dosage of ozone at the treatment plant to decrease the taste and odor concerns.
Southlake Water Utilities (SWU) performs routine water quality sampling and testing as part of its Water Quality Program. Following the two reports of taste and odor concerns in Southlake, SWU Operations personnel conducted additional water sampling and testing. Following the water quality testing, Southlake Water Utility crews followed up with the residents that reported a change in the taste and odor of their water. One resident was located just north of SH 114 and the other was located just south of SH 114.
The Fort Worth Water Department assures customers the water is safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and all other purposes. In addition, Southlake Water Utilities’ water quality testing reported that all water quality parameters tested within range and no noticeable odor was detected.
If you have questions about this or any other topics, please contact Southlake Water Utilities Operations at (817) 748-8082.