NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Lake Nacogdoches easily provides 60 to 70 percent of the water used in the Nacogdoches city limits. Lately the water isn't tasting so good.
"Well last week one of our treatment units at the surface water plant which is at Lake Nacogdoches went down," said Steve Bartlett, Nacogdoches' city engineer. "That particular unit is a powdered, activated carbon unit and it helps us treat taste and odor problems from the lake water."
The smell and taste come from organic materials like algae found in lake water during the summer months.
"At all times the water was always safe to drink. We have an onsite laboratory," Bartlett said. "We monitor water quality. And our water was always safe to drink. It was just less than aesthetically pleasing."
Over the several days it took to repair the malfunction, the unfiltered water collected in tanks serving primarily customers in central and northern Nacogdoches.
"Remember we have tanks all over town that hold millions of gallons of water, and we certainly produced millions of gallons while this thing was down," Bartlett said.
Fortunately, this is a high water usage month, so the tanks are filling back up with filtered water. The water should be back to normal in the next two to three days.
Customers with home filtration systems may not have noticed a change in taste or smell at all.
The same sort of filtration system is used in a much larger scale at the Nacogdoches Surface Water Treatment Plant.?