Update on Change in Taste/Odor Of Tap Water in the DMV Area

Customers served by WSSC Water’s Potomac Water Filtration Plant (Potomac River) may notice changes in the taste and odor of their tap water because of algal activity in the Potomac River. This was first mentioned earlier this summer.

An update was provided by WSSC: This change is not harmful and is due to an increase in a naturally occurring substance, geosmin, caused by low water levels in the Potomac River. As geosmin are prone to fluctuate with rain and changing water levels, customers may notice the odor is stronger at certain times than others. This is completely normal. The odors from the naturally occurring compound, geosmin, are not toxic.The odor is earthy, similar to the smell of rain on soil. Because the human nose can detect geosmin concentrations at very low levels, the unpleasant smell can cause sensitive individuals to experience nausea/headaches.

On October 24, 2023, WSSC Water began adding activated carbon to the water filtration process to reduce the taste and odor issues related to geosmin. Despite the taste and odor issues, the water remains safe, meeting all EPA Safe Drinking Water Act standards. WSSC Water frequently monitors levels of geosmin at the plant and makes treatment changes accordingly.

Customers who live closer to the Potomac Water Filtration Plant on River Road in Potomac will notice a reduction in taste and odor issues quickly while those who live further from the plant will notice changes within seven to 10 days as the water makes its way throughout the distribution system.

We perform 500,000 laboratory tests on our water every year, on samples from both of our water filtration plants and from approximately 90 different locations throughout our distribution system. If there were a reason to believe the safety of our water was compromised, we would immediately issue a public notification.  This would include web alerts, text messages*, news outlets and utilizing our social media platforms. (*Sign up for our Customer Notification System to receive alerts via text or email.)

Customers can reduce the temporary taste and odor issues by chilling the water and/or adding lemon. Boiling the water will not improve the odor. Flushing the water lines inside homes or flushing the WSSC Water mains in the impacted areas will not improve the taste and odor issues. Customers can always reach us (24/7) by calling the Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002 or complete this form to report a water quality concern. We appreciate your patience.

Recent Stories

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Nehemie Metellus, a missing 13-year-old from Silver Spring.

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people in the community during the 2023-2024 campaign, MCPS provided more than 10,000 students in need with backpacks and supplies through the GIVE…

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will hold open houses on June 4th and 5th for the planned Veirs Mill Road Flash Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project.

Montgomery County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs will participate in Maryland’s celebration of Women Veterans Day on Wednesday, June 12. The celebration will include a virtual tribute to the County’s female…

Karen joined the Well-Paid Maids team as a cleaner in January 2021, and she was recently promoted to an operations manager! This well-deserved promotion is part of Well-Paid Maids' effort to deliver better customer service with responses to phone calls and emails seven days a week. To celebrate Karen's promotion, we caught up with her to learn more about her time at Well-Paid Maids, the area's only certified living-wage cleaning company.

 1. Why Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I saw the company was paying a living wage and had great benefits. Also, they were very flexible with my schedule, especially since I have kids.

 2. How has it been working at Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I feel very appreciated at the company. This is the first job where I feel I'm able to speak about any issue and that management will support me.

 3. How has working at Well-Paid Maids benefitted you?

Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

 4. How do you plan to spend your PTO this year?

Karen: I look forward to traveling to El Salvador to visit my family there.

 5. How would you describe Well-Paid Maids as an employer in three words?

Appreciated, valued and opportunity

Submit your own Announcement here.

Washington City Paper is hosting its annual Best of D.C. contest -- and Well-Paid Maids is eyeing the Best Maid Service category. If you missed it: Well-Paid Maids has secured first place for the past three years. Can you help us snag gold again? Simply go to the ballot and write in your vote for the best maid service. In case you need a refresher before you vote, Well-Paid Maids is the only certified living-wage cleaning company in the D.C. area. We pay our cleaners, who are W-2 employees, at least $24 an hour and offer benefits like insurance, 24 paid days off per year and more. Voting is open until June 10 at 5 p.m., and the winner will be announced July 18. (We'll keep you posted!) Thank you for your support -- and if you still haven't booked a spring cleaning yet, now is the time!

Submit your own Announcement here.

Movie being filmed in McLean, VA, needs your support

A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list