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Drinking water update

Date: August 18, 2016

Some residents may have noticed a change in smell and taste in the drinking water.  As you may or may not know, potable water in Friendswood comes from the Trinity River via the City of Houston’s Southeast Water Purification Plant.

The City of Friendswood, along with neighboring municipalities who receive water from the Southeast Water Purification Plant, have been notified by Houston of increased Geosmin and MIB levels in the Trinity River.  Both are naturally occurring compounds that cause earthy or musty tastes and odors, but do not pose a health or safety concern. 

The City’s water quality, including levels of Geosmin, MIB, and 17 other compounds, is continually monitored.  The increased levels of Geosmin and MIB should naturally return to the usual, insignificantly low levels in approximately two weeks.  At which time, the smell will be gone.

A detailed explanation of Geosmin and MIB, and resulting taste and odors in drinking water is posted at Friendswood.com. The specific link is http://tinyurl.com/j53dvlf

Should you have further questions, please contact Michael Haley, Water/Wastewater Operations Superintendent at the City of Friendswood at mhaley@friendswood.com