Kenneth Loflin is the water and treatment supply manager at Orange Water and Sewer Authority. Staff writer Grace Carney talked to him about recent complaints OWASA has been receiving concerning the change in taste and odor in the water.
The Daily Tar Heel: What exactly is causing the water to smell and taste odd?
Kenneth Loflin: So, we had an algae outbreak at both of our lakes, Cane Creek (and) University reservoir. The algae produced was called MIB, it’s an acronym, I can't pronounce the full name of it. You can actually go online and look it up, just type in MIB and it'll give you the full name. MIB actually tastes like another compound,
DTH: When do you expect that the water will go back to normal and smell or taste like regular water?
KL: It’s normal leaving the plant now, so right now it’s just blending out in the system, and getting that out. So right now we are standing in line in low usage areas and flushing those. We have gotten many comments from folks who have noticed improvement, but again, it is normal leaving the plant now, it’s just a matter of getting it out of the system.