Columbus Spending $600,000 To Tackle Foul Drinking Water


UPDATED: Friday January 3, 2014 5:28 PM

Columbus is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat its drinking water for a mysterious foul smell and flavor.

The trouble started at the Hoover Reservoir weeks ago. That water supplies Columbus drinking water.

The city says algae has moved into the reservoir, contaminating the water. The city says it's safe, but others say it's just nasty.

“I usually come and get water where I go, but I couldn't even stand the taste of it, even with one sip,” said Tyler Smith.

Water workers at the city say they're doing everything can to fix the problem. That includes pouring money into the problem.

The Columbus Department of Public Utilities tells 10TV it is spending $10,000 a day to clean up the problem. That's how much it's costing to add algae gobbling carbon at water treatment plants.

So far, the city says it's spent a $550,000.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that officials with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that their recent tests found no contaminants in the water. The agency also said it is becoming "more engaged" in the problem.

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