Algae-caused taste and odor problems in drinking water supplies

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Algae produce volatile organic compounds (methyl-isoborneol [or MIB], geosmin, etc.) that depart odors and tastes to water. While not harmful to human health, they make the water unpleasant to drink and significantly increase the cost of water treatment.

To detect, control or mitigate taste and odor problems that occur in the drinking water supplied to consumers, LARB has collaborated with:

  • City of Chandler
  • City of Phoenix
  • City of Tempe
  • City of Peoria
  • Salt River Project
  • Central Arizona Water Conservation District

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