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CBU says tap water has harmless algae in Bloomington’s tap water



Bloomington, Arkansas – Some residents of Bloomington have reported a taste of “dirt” or “mildew” in their drinking water.

According to the City of Bloomington Utilities, the taste comes from methylisoborneol and geosmin, two organic compounds that can affect the taste and smell of water.

The presence of the two compounds creates a musty or earthy taste and smell, according to the post.

CBU uses Powdered Activated Carbon, Copper Sulfate, and Sodium Permanganate to treat the compounds, but warm and dry periods cause them to persist after treatment. CBU tests its water multiple times per day, according to its website. The most recent water quality data is also available.

According to CBU, a trick to mask the taste and smell of the compounds is to put drinking water into a pitcher or jug and then mix it with lemons or other fruit.

There is no risk to human health, according to CBU.

If residents have any questions, they are encouraged to call 812-349-1444.