Algal Bloom Puts a Taste in the Water
Jason Hill at Austin Water says they’ve been noticing lots of blue-green algae in the lake.
“To counter that, we add carbon to our treatment process,” Hill said. “When we do that it helps to absorb the two chemicals that the blue-green algae releases that causes this earthy or kind of dirt-like taste.”
Hill says the bloom is a result of recent weather and may also be affected by the LCRA’s curtailing the downstream water flow to agriculture as a result of last year’s drought.