My water has an earthy or musty taste and odor. What causes this?
The musty or earthy taste and odor is caused by an algae bloom at the lake. Texas lakes are prone to blue green algae bloom around July and August, which creates problems in the treatment process. The algae is removed during the treatment process but leaves behind the odor and taste problems experienced by customers. The water is treated at the Wylie plant with activated carbon and potassium permanganate to aid in the control of these odors and foul tastes.

Little can be done in the distribution system to control this harmless nuisance. Customers often ask City forces to flush fire hydrants in an effort to control this problem. Fire hydrant flushing is non-effective during this time. The odor and poor taste clears as the algae levels slowly return to normal.

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1. Where does Mesquite's drinking water originate?
2. Who treats the water received from Lavon?
3. What type of water facilities are located in Mesquite?
4. Who treats the wastewater in Mesquite and where is the plant located?
5. Sometimes the tap water appears white and milky. Why is this?
6. Sometimes the water is brownish or even yellow in color. Why is this?
7. Sometimes I have small particles clogging my faucets and shower head. What is this material?
8. What is the white substance left behind in the pot when we boil water?
9. What is the hardness level of the water in Mesquite?
10. Is fluoride added during the treatment process?
11. How can I obtain a report on the drinking water?
12. What about chlorine in the drinking water?
13. What about water testing?
14. I never see anyone testing at my home, why is this?
15. Occasionally I see water running and no one repairing it. Why is this?
16. How large is Mesquite's water system?
17. My water was cut off and I was not notified. Why is this?
18. Why do I see fire hydrants running and no one around? Why are we wasting water?
19. My water has an earthy or musty taste and odor. What causes this?
20. I have a metal meter box with a locking lid. I can't get to the valve to shut off my water.