Water Works: 'Drinking water remains safe'

By JEFFERY WINBORNE
Posted 6/26/19

After the combination of the Tyson waste spill and an unpleasant taste and smell in local tap water has caused public concern, the Jasper Water Works and Sewer Board on Monday released an official …

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Water Works: 'Drinking water remains safe'

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After the combination of the Tyson waste spill and an unpleasant taste and smell in local tap water has caused public concern, the Jasper Water Works and Sewer Board on Monday released an official statement addressing concerns.

"The unusual taste and odor recently present in Jasper's drinking water is caused by naturally occurring compaound produced by algae and similar types of microorganisms which inhabit the water source for the Jasper Water Works & Sewer Board's (JWWSB) water treatment plant on Mulberry Fork," the statement said.

According to the statement, geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol (MIB) have been found in water testing and that those compounds "are noticeable in drinking water when present even in extremely small concentrations."

Geosmin is described as "an earthy-smelling substance" by the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). According to sciencedirect.com, water can be tainted by MIB "from naturally occurring compounds derived from the activity of microorganisms."

The board says it working to reduce the affects the compounds are having on the drinking water.

"The treated drinking water has exceeded all of the health-related regulatory requirements including no bacteriological contamination (E. coli and fecal coliform)," the Water Works said in its statement. "While the drinking water has remained safe throughout this taste and odor issue, JWWSB will continue to perform water quality testing and treatment to insure safe drinking water."

The Eagle has reached out to speak with leadership at the board but was told they have currently been advised by attorneys to not speak directly with the press.