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Smelly water caused by algae in Meriden reservoir

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Algae has been growing in a local reservoir in Meriden (WFSB) Algae has been growing in a local reservoir in Meriden (WFSB)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

There is smelly water on the east side of Meriden after algae has been growing in a local reservoir this summer.

It’s an issue that is not unique to Meriden, and experts said it is all because of the weather.

"Almost like water that's been sitting in the sun and goes bad. It has a sour smell to it,” said David Knapp, of Meriden.

The brutally hot days combined with very little rain this summer created the perfect growing environment for algae.

Meriden Public Utilities Director Dennis Waz said since August, the city has received a number of complaints about the quality of the tap water coming from the Bradley-Hubbard Reservoir.

To combat the issue, the city installed a floating partition that helps mix the water.

"The water will actually layer. That's what stratification is and with a partition baffle it allows the flow of the water to go underneath the baffle and go up,” Waz said.

While the water is safe to drink, many hope the quality continues to improve.

"I'd like it to be fixed obviously because it'll cut down on cleaning and then I can buy the stuff I used to buy and make my own juice,” Knapp said.

The city will continue to do weekly testing of the water until November to make sure it’s safe to drink.

Testing will start up again next April.

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