Public Update: On Monday July 8th, our Public Works Department received some calls from water customers asking about an “earthy” smell and taste to the water. Staff investigated, and determined the same day that an active bloom of common, non-toxic algae in the raw water reservoir may be the cause. The growth of this type of algae is encouraged under conditions where temperatures are changing and in periods of heavy rains. In other words… weather conditions were quite favorable for such a bloom to occur. Staff immediately increased the standard treatment chemicals to prevent further blooms and engaged Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality resources to find the best treatment solution to neutralize the existing algae. Beginning July 12th, that treatment plan will be put into effect. Given the normal turnover of the water in the reservoir and system, we expect the earthy taste and smell to dissipate completely within one to two weeks. There is no danger to the public and the water is safe to drink and use normally now and throughout the treatment for the bloom.