Lawrence water problem may need big fix

LAWRENCE, Kan. - After more than a week of odd-smelling and bad-tasting water, Lawrence officials say the problem is mostly fixed.

The root of the problem is algae at Clinton Reservoir, which is Lawrence's water source. The utilities department uses carbon to get rid of the taste and smell.

While the city says the water has always been safe to drink, the city is looking into a more permanent fix because this has become a recurring problem.

"It has been something we've dealt with periodically. Usually about annually. It usually lasts for a couple weeks or so and then it goes away," said Jeanette Klamm, programs manager for the Lawrence Utilities Department.

The city is looking into a process that would add oxygen to the treatment method, which would hopefully keep the water tasting and smelling normal.

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