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'Tis the season... for unpleasant water

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Tap water can taste different at different times of year. (KTEN) Tap water can taste different at different times of year. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- People who live in Ardmore -- or any community that gets its water from a lake -- may be noticing some unpleasant changes to their tap water.

As the weather changes, so may the smell and taste of your water at home. But Blake Rudd, Ardmore's assistant utilities director, explains this is all perfectly normal.

"Any municipality or water system that pulls from Arbuckle Lake is having a little taste and odor problem right now," he said

Winter weather makes the lakes more dense, which can impact the color, smell, and taste of tap water. You'll be glad to know that water is still safe to drink, because the water treatment plant can filter out the bad stuff.

"We have what they call conventional treatment, or conventional filters at our treatment plant," Rudd said. "We can filter most anything but taste and color."

He adds there isn't anything residents can do to fix the taste and odor problem; it simply has to run its course.

"You get things settling back in the lake where there supposed to be, and that's when everything will settle down and will lose the taste," Rudd said.

However, the more inconsistent the weather is, the longer it will take for the water to go back to normal.

"Other factors, like the rain and the wind... you know, we get some 50 mile-an-hour gusts that, that stirs the lake up also," Rudd said.

This doesn't happen only when the weather gets cooler; residents could also see some more taste and odor issues in the spring.

"It'll do it usually two times a year as the temperature changes," Rudd said.

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