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Sask. water: Here’s why tap water in Regina and Moose Jaw tastes different

Sask. water: Here’s why tap water in Regina and Moose Jaw tastes different

Many residents in both Regina and Moose Jaw may have noticed an unusual taste and odor to their drinking water. The change is nothing to worry about, the cities said.

The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation recently sent out a PSA assuring residents that their water is safe to drink and meets all legal drinking water requirements.

The source of the odor is the usual algae bloom on Buffalo Pound Lake, which supplies water to both cities.

To minimize odor and taste, employees at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant (BPWTP) began using powdered activated carbon.

However, the process has ‘limited effectiveness’.

A new carbon filter system is currently being installed at the plant and is expected to be operational within a month.

“When the carbon filters are put into service and put into operation, the taste and odor will no longer occur,” the PSA said.

The plant is currently receiving a $325 million retrofit, with construction expected to be completed in early 2026. The retrofit includes process improvements in addition to the deep bed carbon filters.

“The BPWTC asks the citizens of Regina and Moose Jaw to be patient as the new processes will soon ensure that taste and odour are removed from their drinking water year-round.”

This is not the first time residents have experienced this problem. In May 2023, BPWTP had to inform the public about changes in the water supply, which were again attributed to algal blooms.