Some Opelika residents still concerned about water, others note improvements

Wait a couple of minutes, and the silt-like particles observed in a glass of tap water from Tammi Justice’s Opelika household on Rockledge Street will settle.
“It certainly on some days affects the look,” Elijah said.
Colder temperatures over the last few weeks, including the recent freezing weather, have decreased the algae in Saugahatchee Lake, said general manager Dan Hilyer.
As a result, there have been no indications of any peculiar odor or taste going into the city’s distribution system.
“But we don’t have those that I’m aware of now, and haven’t had any since after Christmas.” As for whether anything else other than algae could be causing the issue, Dan Hilyer said, “No.” “No, that’s what’s causing it,” he added.
It’s not causing it now, but that was the culprit, yes.” An increase in algae is a naturally occurring event in surface water sources and will happen “every now and then,” assured Jeff Hilyer, chairman of the Opelika Utilities Board.
But this is a naturally occurring event that could happen again.” ‘Still have concerns’ Justice, who has always preferred to drink water from a filter, mused that the cloudy water from her faucet could be an issue with her home’s plumbing.
The water’s taste and odor has improved from how it was months ago when others in her neighborhood were complaining, Ridley said, although she still is wary about giving the water to her 15-year-old yorky, “Buddy,” who has kidney disease.
Readers reach out First noticing a peculiar odor and taste about two months ago, Perdomo said her family went away for the Christmas holiday and later found that the problem was still evident when she returned.
Because her family lives in a historic home that was built in the early 1900s, Perdomo at the time wondered if the home’s age may have affected the water.

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