BRIGHTON – The unusual odor and taste Brighton residents may be noticing in their water is due to algae blooms that occasionally affect the city of Thornton’s water reservoirs.
Utilities Director Jim Landeck said the water meets all Clean Water Act regulations, is “perfectly safe” to drink and is being monitored by Thornton and double checked by Brighton.
“At the current level of water demand within Brighton, the apparent taste and odor issues relating to our surface water supply will most likely impact customers west of South 27th Avenue… Ultimately, a taste and odor issue is driven by personal perception and acquired taste preferences,” he said.
According to a news report issued by the city of Brighton, though these kinds of algae blooms are normal, they are exacerbated by this year’s drought conditions and warmer than usual weather. During the winter month when the city’s peak water demand drops, the surface water supply is delivered through the entire distribution of the city. Sometimes, this surface water can have an apparent earthy odor and taste; however, it is not harmful to residents.
Landeck said algae blooms are not uncommon for cities who utilize surface water. He believes the rain and cooler weather will help to resolve the issue. According to Landeck, water usage is up 21 percent and needs to bring in water from Westminster and Thornton to meet the needs of residents.
For questions or concerns, please contact the Utilities Department at 303-655-2082.