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Eileen JoyceNevada City resident Anna Haynes holds a jar of smelly, bad-tasting city water at her home Friday.
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For several months, Nevada City resident Anna Haynes and others have wondered why their city water tastes fishy at times.

“I know it would be nice to know,” said Haynes at her house near Pioneer Park Friday.



Haynes could be in the audience Monday when the City Council discusses the smelly water problem. Haynes, a software engineer, may bring along a jug filled with a sample of water collected from her home faucet two weeks ago.




It was smelly then, but has since lost its odor, Haynes said. The water has smelled on two other occasions, around Thanksgiving and late December. Each incident lasted two to three days, she said.

City Engineer Bill Falconi said he does not yet know what causes the odor. Water test results are pending for quality and safety, he said. The water is safe to drink, Falconi stressed. “The safety of the water is not an issue,” he said, adding he has drank city water all of his 60 years with no problems.

“My mother lives a block from me (in Nevada City),” he added. “She’s still living” at age 871/2.

Falconi said he will give a report on the situation to the City Council Monday. He and water treatment plant operator Chris Towne are scheduled to meet today to discuss the situation, Falconi said. Towne was off Friday and could not be reached for comment.

“I’m delighted that the City Council is going to publicly address the water situation,” Haynes said in an e-mail to The Union Friday. “When you don’t know the whole story, you find yourself wondering if you’re drinking meth lab water, which doesn’t make for peace of mind.”

City officials in November said the odor can be an annual problem, caused by a cold-water algae that grows in the city’s reservoir off Banner Mountain Trail near the city’s water treatment plant.

WHAT: Nevada City City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 317 Broad St.

INFO: 265-2496


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