UPDATE: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has not found any problems with the water in the Magnolia area. Bill Wells, Water Quality and Treatment Manager for SPU, writes in comments: “SPU has not found anything out of the ordinary regarding chlorine levels in our regular monitoring of water quality in the Magnolia area. The amount of chlorine added to the water (a normal practice to ensure safe drinking water) has also been fairly consistent over the summer. Any time our customers have a concern about water quality, they are welcome to call our response center at 206-386-1800. If warranted, a visit from one of our water quality inspectors will be arranged.”
We wanted to share a topic that is being discussed in the forum and see if anyone else is experiencing the same trouble. Two readers are concerned about the smell of chlorine in their tap water:
SeattleJim writes: A few weeks ago we started to notice a very strong Chlorine taste and smell in our water. Seattle Public Utilities said we were the only complaint. It has continued on and off for the last few weeks, sometimes almost undrinkable. Has anyone else had an issue? We are near Ruffner and 33rd.
And gweaver had a similar experience: My husband started a bath for our kids a couple of weeks back and when we went back into the bathroom (the door had been shut while the bath was filling up), we noticed an overwhelming smell of chlorine. We don’t use chlorine bleach in our house; we don’t clean with any bleach or chlorine products. The smell was in the water and it was STRONG. I meant to phone the city to ask what had changed. I will certainly call now that I know it wasn’t an isolated incident. We don’t drink unfiltered water in the house because I always smell chlorine faintly, but this was very pronounced.
Anyone else experiencing the same troubles? Let us know in comments below.