Monroe Water Treatment Plant addresses “fishy smell” in water across the city

The recent odor in the water is due to the warmer winter temperatures and excess rain.<br...
The recent odor in the water is due to the warmer winter temperatures and excess rain.<br />Source: (KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: Feb. 5, 2020 at 9:33 PM CST
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Some Monroe residents may be experiencing a fishy smell in their water.

According to the city’s water treatment plant Superintendent Daren Johnson, it’s due to the excess rainfall and abnormally warm winter temperatures.

Johnson said the water is safe to drink and use despite the slight odor.

“As far as the safety of your water, it's safe," He said. "We monitor our water 24 hours a day, if something comes up we know it instantly.”

Additionally, Johnson said they treat the water daily with a variety of chemicals such as chlorine and potassium permanganate to oxidize the water. Those chemicals along with other processes remove algae and other bacteria.

Johnson said the plant will be investing in new equipment and a new chemical within the next few months that will aid in the filtration process.