How Does Your Water Smell?
|An Independent Study Project
by Janis Aaron Moore
prepared for Professor George Rough
South Puget Sound Community College
There are numerous suggestions to address the odor problem, from simple (use more water or raise the water heater temperature) to complex (sequestering agents used to remove iron and manganese from water). The City of McCleary uses several processes to address the odor problem, and performed a Pilot Study. Refer to "Treatment Options" page for more information about these and other possible solutions.
For several decades, McCleary area residents have reported their water has an odor. A survey has been created to determine the extent of the water odor problem, and what, if any, attempts residents and businesses have made to alleviate the problem. [Note: Surveys should be crafted so answers are quantifiable for data analysis.]
A timeline of tasks, and drafts of a press release, flyer and agenda for a Town Meeting are included in a PDF file.
Since we now know that the odor problem is not exclusive to the City of McCleary, the significance of a map with colored tacks to indicate locations with the water odor is somewhat diminished. Maps of the City's water system would provide information regarding dead ends where residents might experience more of a problem. However, as noted in "Facts and Figures", I learned that the 1997 McCleary water system map is incomplete. So, until such a map is available, here's a map of Wildcat Creek Aquifer, showing the aquifer recharge area and the City Limits of the City of McCleary (with changes and annexactions).
These test results were obtained from the Washington State Department of Health.
City of McCleary Wells
Note: McCleary's well s01 is no longer active.
The EPA's drinking water regulations set a recommended secondary maximum contaminant levels (MCL) in water:
There are numerous grants available for addressing water quality, offered from government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations. For example, the EPA has a Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant. Ben & Jerry's Foundation has funded environmental causes. The Washington Forest Protection Association's Environmental Education page has a list of environmental and educational grants.