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How Clean is Houston’s Drinking Water?

How Clean is Houston’s Drinking Water?

One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, the water was safe to drink.

Let’s face it – we take water for granted. We turn on the faucet and expect it. We look out the car window at the Bayou, or the Gulf, and we view it. We head to the beach, walk out to the water’s edge, and we wade into it.

Water is, of course, vital for our continued existence. Which makes maintaining water quality in Greater Houston a critical job.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts to maintain water quality, from what comes out of the tap to our natural waterways. We welcome your questions for Yvonne Forrest from the City of Houston’s Drinking Water Operations, and Todd Running, from the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Water Resources Program.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →