CITY OF PLATTSBURGH RESIDENTS MAY NOTICE THEIR WATER HAS AN UNUSUAL ODOR

RESIDENTS MAY NOTICE THEIR WATER HAS AN UNUSUAL ODOR

 

Plattsburgh, NY - The City of Plattsburgh has had a number of calls regarding water with a bad or unusual odor.

 

The City water staff have been investigating the situation and doing a lot of additional testing.

 

Here is what we know so far:

 

·         The water leaving the plant is thoroughly disinfected and seems to be fine.

·         Bacteria and disinfectant tests performed for people who have called and at other locations around the City have been fine.

·         The odor complaints seem to be in a particular part of the system.

·         However, system wide testing and surveillance has been initiated to determine whether other areas are affected and to ensure the water is safe to use.

 

This situation appears to be a nuisance problem and not a health issue.

 

We are communicating with the Clinton County Department of Health and they are aware of the circumstances.

 

One possible explanation is that some of the distribution system has stagnant water. Due to last year’s furloughs and challenges from the Pandemic, the system was not flushed as in past years. Once the temperatures rise above freezing, targeted flushing will be performed.

 

Another possibility is that the seasonal turnover of the reservoir is happening earlier than usual. Chemical adjustments are being administered to see if it helps improve the situation.

 

In the meantime, if you are experiencing water odors, please call 518-563-1188. Leave a message with your address and phone number.  If there is no answer, Plant staff are probably in the field performing surveillance and doing tests.