Palo Alto’s water supplier on Thursday again issued a temporary change to its water source, which could alter the taste, color or odor of water residents get in their homes.
The water is safe to drink and any earthy or musty taste in the water should subside after a few days, city officials said in a news release Thursday.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will deliver water from local surface reservoirs along the Peninsula rather than the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The Public Utilities Commission manages delivery of Hetch Hetchy water.
“A change in water blend can alter the water aesthetics… as it is being mixed with water from another source location,” according to the news release.
The switch allows inspections and repairs of the Mountain Tunnel pipeline that delivers water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, according to city officials.
The Hetch Hetchy will remain shut down through at least the beginning of March. At that time, the commission will provide customers with treated water from the Sunol Valley and Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plants.
“SFPUC has told its wholesale customers that the agency will do all it can to mitigate taste and odor issues with this current blend change,” city officials said.
The city encourages residents vulnerable to drinking water contaminants, such as surface sediments and algae, to get advice from their health care provider or take precautions such as using a filtration device.
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