6 a.m., Jan. 18
Odorous, foul-tasting water is perfectly safe, Poway assures residents
Poway is assuring residents that its water is safe to drink, despite a disturbing taste and odor noticed by city residents.
A June 6 release from the city traces the funk to an algae bloom in Lake Skinner, a reservoir northeast of Murrieta where the San Diego County Water Authority receives water and pipes it to Poway.
The amount of water taken from the Authority has been reduced and is being blended with a higher-than-usual concentration of water sourced locally from Lake Poway, and is receiving “enhanced treatment” at the Lester J. Berglund Water Treatment Plant, which authorities hope will cure the problem within two weeks.