Why does my water occasionally have a bad taste or smell?

Aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color) in Wellington’s drinking water are caused by frequent blue green algal blooms in the reservoir that provides our water. The decomposition of the algae creates chemical compounds that create a general earthiness in the water. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Wellington’s water meets all state and federal drinking water health standards.  Taste and odor causing effects are difficult to remove from the water but are not a risk to health or safety. To help remove taste and odor compounds, the Town is currently working on expanding the Water Treatment Plant which incorporates newer technological improvements to help eliminate taste and odor concerns. The plant is schedule to be completed in 2024.

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1. Why is there a tier structure and what does it cost?
2. Is the Town doing anything to slow down growth?
3. Does Wellington’s water meet Water Quality Standards?
4. What is the difference between Water and Wastewater?
5. How do Wellington’s utility rates compare to other communities?
6. I need help paying my water bill, who should I contact?
7. What is the timeline for the water rates decision?
8. Are we raising rates paid by new development?
9. What water fees and rates are charged for new construction homes? How do new construction fees help pay for water infrastructure?
10. When was the last time rates were increased?
11. What is the Town doing with the bulk dispensing water machine?
12. What other options will the town pursue to handle the water issues?
13. Have you considered incentives for xeriscaping current homes and restrictions on landscaping with new builds?
14. Have you considered conducting a long-term plan that reflects our values and needs for growth and community life?
15. Are there other options such as joining another water district or starting our own?
16. When is the water plant being built?
17. Where do we get our water from?
18. Can we remove grass lawns to save water?
19. Where can we find an explanation of why rates are being increased?
20. Why aren’t developers charged more to develop in Wellington?
21. Why does my water occasionally have a bad taste or smell?
22. Where can I find Water Quality Reports?