Beaver Water District reports that some residents may have noticed a change in the taste of their tap water in recent weeks. This is not a result of a change in drinking water treatment. The culprit is algae. After the region experienced sunny, warmer temperatures for a couple of weeks, the algae population in Beaver Lake, the raw water source for drinking water for one in seven Arkansans, increased. Algae are often the cause of taste and odor issues in the water. BWD has adjusted treatment to best treat for this. However, the byproduct that causes the taste and odor issues cannot be completely eliminated by this treatment. The rain and cooler temperatures this week should help, and the type of algae that is currently blooming is relatively short lived. That means the taste and odor episode should pass soon. For more information, please link to these fact sheets on the BWD website.
Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. For additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.