Water's stench, taste concerning Henderson residents - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Water's stench, taste concerning Henderson residents

Posted: Updated:
Water is run from a tap in Henderson. (File/FOX5) Water is run from a tap in Henderson. (File/FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

City of Henderson staff members said they're getting more complaints about the smell and taste of tap water. 

"I would call it wet earth," Lin Berger said when describing the smell of her water. 

"You take a shower you feel like you're getting clean, but you smell terrible," she said.  Lin lives in Henderson and said lately, the water in her home has smelled horrendous. Lin said she notices it particularly when the water gets warm.

"It has an odor!" she said while sniffing her faucet. 

City of Henderson staff said algae is to blame. 

"People don't have to do anything because the algae is perfectly safe," Adrian Edwards, the water and waster water operations manager for the City of Henderson, said. "It is perfectly safe. It's a nuisance, but safe," he said.

Henderson gets its water from the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The algae causing the smell and taste is known as geosmin,  and city officials said it's completely harmless to humans. Last year, the city experienced the same problems that lasted the month of Jan. This year, the algae bloom extended into March.  The City of Henderson said geosmin does not discolor water. 

"We are working with our water supply and regulators to stop the geosmin from forming," Edwards said. 

Lin Berger said she had no idea what was causing her water problems and wishes the city made this information more public. 

"That way we aren't going through the expense of having a repair man come to the house!"

The City of Las Vegas also gets its water from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, but city spokesman Jace Radke said he was unaware of any complaints. 

Anyone having problems with water in Henderson is encouraged to call (702) 267-5900. 

Copyright 2017 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Report: Wife and husband drown at Lake Havasu

    Report: Wife and husband drown at Lake Havasu

    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:49 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:49:11 GMT
    Lake Mohave appears in this image from July 1, 2015. (Jason Valle/FOX5)Lake Mohave appears in this image from July 1, 2015. (Jason Valle/FOX5)

    Two people drowned Friday at Lake Havasu, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Department.

    More >

    Two people drowned Friday at Lake Havasu, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Department.

    More >
  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your
    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous pageMore >
  • Police seize $2 million in liquid meth hidden in cleaning jugs during traffic stop

    Police seize $2 million in liquid meth hidden in cleaning jugs during traffic stop

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:05 AM EDT2017-07-20 13:05:17 GMT
    A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle. (Source: Austin Police Department)A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle. (Source: Austin Police Department)

    A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle, according to the Austin Police Department.

    More >

    A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle, according to the Austin Police Department.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
Fox 5
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KVVU Broadcasting Corporation, Las Vegas, NV and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.