Utility switch may cause odd taste, odor in tap water

SFPUC changes water sources for temporary repairs

Mountain View residents may notice their tap water has a different color, taste or odor for the next few months, but city officials are giving assurances that the water remains safe to drink.

Starting Dec. 29, Mountain View homes have been receiving water from the Sunol Valley Treatment Plant rather than from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, according to city officials. The city's water supplier, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), is making the change while it conducts inspections and repairs of the Mountain Tunnel pipeline, which delivers from the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct.

The shutdown of the tunnel is expected to last through the beginning of March. During this period, SFPUC will provide treated water from its other sources for its wholesale customers, including many Peninsula cities, counties and water districts.

Although the SFPUC began taking water from the Sunol Valley Treatment Plant two weeks ago, Mountain View officials first confirmed the water switch to the ==I Voice= on Jan. 4.

The changes in the water's taste, odor and color can come from the mixing process that can stir up sediment or algae in the water distribution system, according to the utilities department.

"The water is safe to drink and continues to meet all drinking water standards," Jacqueline Solomon, assistant public works director, wrote in an email.

SFPUC reportedly told its municipal customers that it will do all it can to address taste and odor changes. The water is reportedly being tested daily to ensure that it meets quality standards.

Mountain View residents who live south of Cuesta Drive should not be affected because they receive water from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which uses different water sources.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the water can contact the Mountain View Public Works Department at (650) 903-6329.


3 people like this
Posted by Del
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm

How can we get fluoride (poison) out of our water supple?

10 people like this
Posted by @Del
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jan 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Is this really what Mountain View has come to?

13 people like this
Posted by Me
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm

No worries, Chemtrails may protect against vaccine injuries and every other imagined ailment.

6 people like this
Posted by Oh Boy
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

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10 people like this
Posted by Fred
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 10, 2017 at 7:06 am

For the record: Web Link

8 people like this
Posted by Hope
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Hope is a registered user.

Keep fluoride please, and vaccinations. How has America gotten so anti-science? BTW climate change is real.

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