According to the water filtration experts at Green Water Technologies, all sorts of things can affect water quality. Sometimes, things like bacteria and organic matter can make their way into water pipes and change the way water tastes or smells. Recently, Austin, Texas, had a rather unusual water quality issue: zebra mussels.
In early February, residents around South and Central Austin noticed a rather unpleasant odor coming from the faucet. Initially, the city blamed water line construction but, after further investigation, determine that the scent was the result of an infestation of zebra mussels in the city’s raw water system. Green Water Technologies explains that this did not pose a threat to human health, but was a major olfactory offender.
The zebra mussels were first found at the Ullrich water treatment plant in 2018. The plant, explains Green Water Technologies, is in close proximity to Lake Austin, which has a known zebra mussel problem. The water supply line was shut down for approximately two weeks before residents began to notice the smell.
This is not the first time the city of Austin has had water trouble, reports Green Water Technologies. In October 2018 Austin water alerted customers of a need to boil their water before consumption. It was during a time of severe flooding. The treatment plant issued a release stating that an overwhelming influx of murky water affected the plant’s treatment capacity. Officials from the city explained that the water treatment plant could not keep up and that the floods resulted in water levels at the Mansfield Dam being at their highest in nearly a century.
Green Water Technologies explains that homeowners do not have to rely solely on their local water treatment plant for quality. A whole home water filtration system can eliminate many odors and contaminants. These systems are readily available and installed by licensed technicians.