Nor any drop to drink

Did “they” think we wouldn’t realize? Of course, some people really don’t, but it’s been evident to the noticing nose and tastebuds since at least Saturday. Finally, there’s a press release from the City, dated yesterday. I’d been thinking it was aftermath of rain or perhaps just the seasonal exchange of the thermal layers, but the miasma is reported to be the result of a dead and dying bloom of algae. There may be “water, water every where” and no doubt it’s harmless, but I’m dipping into that amergency cache of stuff that you buy in the bottle and staying away from what emerges from the tap. Faugh!

2 Comments so far

  1. LP (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

    I’ve lived in Austin my whole life and I don’t remember the tap water ever tasting weird until a couple of years ago. Maybe I just never noticed it before, but is this algae bloom a somewhat new occurence?
    I know that last time this happened the City said that if you put water in a pitcher and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, the weird taste will lessen.

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 1:09 am

    Austin water used to taste sweet have no chemical taste or aftertaste. Remember when Stacy and other pools had non-chlorinated water in which to swim? It seems to me that, after it rains, the extra chlorination and other chemical treatment can be smelled and tasted. It hovers over bathwater. The bad taste this time seems to be gradually going away (e.g., ice cubes don’t taste too bad today). Anyhow, rains, algae, and seasonal shifting of the thermal layers seem to result in bad-tasting and evil-smelling water, always harmless, so they say, but much more often during the past five years or so than ever before. I hate buying bottled water because of inherent transportation issues and also because our taxes are supposed to bring us, not just potable, but pleasant, drinking water. The water does seem to be returning to normal now, though, however gradually. There has only been the one notice from the City that I’ve seen about it and, again, it’s surprising to me that most people don’t even seem to notice the problem, though IMO this is the worst it has ever been for bad flavor.

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