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Midway’s water stinks

Letter to the Editor

POSTED: June 11, 2012 10:50 a.m.


I have lived in many cities throughout this country but never have had municipal drinking water that smelled like rotten eggs, which seems to happen quite often in the city of Midway, especially on holidays and weekends.

Usually, this is a result of decaying organic deposits underground. As water flows through these areas, hydrogen sulfide gas is picked up, and when this water reaches the surface or comes out of the faucet, the gas is released into the air. Hydrogen sulfide gas produces the rotten egg odor, can be corrosive to plumbing at high concentrations, and can tarnish silver rapidly. In large enough quantities, it is toxic to aquarium fish. As little as 0.5 parts per million can be tasted in drinking water.

The water might be safe to drink, but only if you don’t gag in the process. This smell gets on you if you shower and permeates throughout the house. Why can’t the city provide us with drinking water that doesn’t smell like it came from the sewage treatment plant?

If you are tired of this, call the city mall and complain at 884-3344.

Len Calderone

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