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Epcor seeking water sniffers

Epcor is looking for nosey Edmontonians who are concerned about stinky drinking water.

Epcor is looking for nosey Edmontonians who are concerned about stinky drinking water.

Every spring, a call is put out for volunteers to rate the aqua flowing from their taps. A move officials say is necessary, as spring runoff into the North Saskatchewan River can make tap water a foul-smelling substance.

“It’s related mainly to the aesthetic quality of the water, not to health quality of the water,” said Epcor quality control manager Steve Craik.

As the world begins to thaw, decaying vegetation trapped underneath snow falls into the river, giving drinking water a musty, earthy smell, Craik said.

“It can be quite unpleasant.”

The power company is looking for 150 volunteers to test their tap water twice a day, for two months.

Testers will note the smell and taste of hot and cold water, then record their findings.

In 2007, water odour quality was rated at 91.5 per cent satisfaction, and at 92.6 per cent in 2008. Officials hope to reach 93.4 per cent.

The program runs from March 2 to May 1. For more info, call (780) 412-3019.

 
 
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