Stinky, Odd Tasting Burlington Water Getting Better

If you’ve consumed Burlington’s water lately, you’ve probably noticed a different taste and a slight odor.

Ken Gregory, Burlington’s Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, says you can blame the river…

“Currently what we’re experiencing is a high level of raw ammonia in the river right now, and an increased level of organics. What we have had to do is increase our chlorine feed rates to burn off the ammonia.”

Gregory says almost everyone along the Mississippi River is having to do the same thing.

He says the odd taste in your drinking water is the extra chlorine, but it’s completely safe to consume. On a positive note, they have started to reduce the chlorine levels..

“We’re seeing the water changing. So as the water is decreasing we’re noticing that we’re able to cut that chlorine feed rate back.”