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West Orange Water Supplies are Showing Improvement

WEST ORANGE, NJ - New Jersey American Water (NJAW) has announced that two conditions are expected to improve the taste and odors being experienced in the area’s water.

Recently, NJAW advised the township that customers in West Orange may be noticing an earthy, musty taste and/or odor to their drinking water. They assured the public that the water in question meets Federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards and that an algae bloom at the source reservoir was attributed as the cause. They also said that the water was being treated at the source to help remove the two nontoxic compounds causing the taste and odor.

This week, NJAW announced that the supplies of waters that flow through the Passaic Valley Water interconnect in West Orange, recently affected by the algae bloom at the source reservoir, are showing improvement.

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In addition, according to a news release from the township, NJAW officials said that while the odor is still above the threshold for geosmin (the organic compound responsible for the scent) the situation is expected to improve as nighttime temperatures fall.

Additionally, NJAW said that Passaic Valley is changing its blend of water so that area customers receive less water from the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission interconnect that NJAW shares.

For more information, contact New Jersey American Water at 1-800-272-1325.

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