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Water quality bad?

Original post made by GV on Oct 12, 2013

It feels like the water quality in PA has really deteriorated: I can clearly smell chemicals now from the tap water, it's not just a chlorine smell. In addition, after I take a shower, my entire body itches. It's got to the point where I find the smell/itching intolerable. For drinking water, yes, I use a filter but it gets old when I can't take a decent shower, or when I have to deal with the smell first thing in the AM when I brush my teeth.

I live in greenmeadow, and the water in the pool seems of better quality than the city water supply w.r.t chemical smells. Yes, this level of chemicals might reduce bacteria, but who knows what kind of cancer this brings..Do others feel like the level of chemicals in the water has gone up?

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Posted by Tis So, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

Yup, it is SO bad that all of the filters on all of my water faucets have been clogged. It is so bad that the two water filters on my washing machine have to be changed once a week ( normal,is once every six weeks). It is so bad that my kitchen water filtration system has had to be changed out twice this year ( normal is once a year). And it is so bad that it ruined my fairly new water heater, just four years old, which should have lasted 12-15 years.


Posted by water bearer, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

I think the city needs to test its water. I believe it has become a health hazard. I discovered that the stomach upsets I was having were linked to drinking Palo Alto tap water. It is ironic that a city that prides its self for going green has opted to use toxic chemicals to "purify" its water. The county even warns that the chloramine disinfectant that the city is using is toxic to fish and amphibians.....what about us? Chloramine can not be boiled out or filtered out easily. Are we inadvertently poisoning ourself by our stupidity?

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Posted by Sam Carlo, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

"I discovered that the stomach upsets I was having were linked to drinking Palo Alto tap water."

Yeah, want to add a little bit, here? Please, please elaborate.

Last year, in Oct/Nov, there was an algae 'bloom' (not what the water dept called it, but similar) in the HH water that clogged filters. Methinks it's happening again.

The smell - that's result of the fire. Dumping a ton of crap into the water, is my guess.


Posted by Tis So, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

The company that replaced our water heater blames it on all the construction being done from San Mateo County to San Jose; that is where they are replacing the most water heaters suddenly. locations south of Mtn View do not use HH water.


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