How is the City of Lafayette’s drinking water treated?

All of the City’s drinking water is treated at the Baseline Water Treatment Facility on Baseline Road.  The facility uses conventional treatment processes to produce water that meets state and federal requirements.  The main treatment process steps include addition of coagulants that help remove small particles through gravity settling, filtration, and chlorine disinfection.  Additional processes such as the use of activated carbon to reduce taste/odor and pH adjustments to reduce pipe corrosion occur as needed.  The City provides regular water quality monitoring to ensure effective treatment.  Monitoring results are published annually as part of the Consumer Confidence Report, available online.

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1. How is the City of Lafayette’s drinking water treated?
2. Why does my water taste/smell like chlorine?
3. Why does my water smell musty, fishy or earthy?
4. Why is my water rusty brown/orange?
5. Why is my water white or cloudy?
6. Why is there pink/black mildew in my shower/sink/toilet?
7. My water tastes different. Is there something wrong with the water system? Is the water safe to drink?
8. Why don’t other communities have this problem?
9. Why does it taste/smell bad only when I run the hot water?
10. Should I buy a home water filter?
11. What is the City doing to improve water taste and odor?
12. I’m still concerned, will the City test my water?