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Lemon, please: Smelly water back on tap in Fort Worth

For the second time this year, the city of Fort Worth suggests adding a slice of lemon to your glass of water to mask a potentially smelly or earthy taste.
For the second time this year, the city of Fort Worth suggests adding a slice of lemon to your glass of water to mask a potentially smelly or earthy taste. Star-Telegram archives

Stinky Water II: Add Lemon is now playing at select businesses and homes in south and east Fort Worth.

For the second time this year, the city suggests adding a slice of lemon to your glass of water to mask a potentially earthy taste.

Because of a pipeline break, Fort Worth’s Rolling Hills Water Treatment Plant began getting its water Thursday from Cedar Creek Lake and Benbrook Lake. That’s bothersome because Benbrook Lake contains high levels of geosmin, an organic compound most notably found in damp soil and beets.

While the water may smell and taste bad, it is safe to use and drink, according to a city news release.

The switch in water supplies came after a construction worker struck a 90-inch water supply line from the Richland-Chambers Reservoir, the Tarrant Regional Water District’s usual provider to the Rolling Hills plant.

Customers in south and east Fort Worth are most likely to get the earthy-smelling and -tasting water when they turn on the tap.

In an effort to kill the funky taste and smell, workers have increased the amount of ozone used to treat the water. But that process doesn’t always work.

Customers can try to improve the taste of the water by serving it extra cold. The musky water should be around for only a few days, according to the news release.

The city had the same problem in March, when the water district switched the source of water to Benbrook Lake because of routine pipe maintenance.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Caty Hirst, 817-390-7984

Twitter: @catyhirst

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Other entities that could also be affected because they buy water from Fort Worth include Burleson, Crowley, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Dalworthington Gardens, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Forest Hill, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, the Trophy Club Municipal Utility District, Westlake, Westover Hills, Westworth Village and White Settlement.

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