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Smelly Water
updated: Feb 22, 2014, 2:02 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Smelly Water in Goleta. Does anyone notice A change in the tap water?

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 COMMENT 497050 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-22 02:33 PM

I didn't notice the tap water smelling any differently but I was definitely getting noticeable sewer gases coming from the drain. All gone now.


 COMMENT 497051 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-22 02:35 PM

Goleta has always had smelly water.....in fact it is known for it in other parts of the world. When I first moved here in 84 I was shocked at how awful the water is...now Im used to it.


 COMMENT 497052 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-22 02:43 PM

The water is great in Goleta. Check your pipes and filters.


 COMMENT 497054 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-22 03:05 PM

since maybe August or September, the water at my place on SB's eastside has had a slight odor. I'd best describe it as kinda swampy, like a chlorinated swamp. Some days its more pronounced than others.


 COMMENT 497056 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-22 03:19 PM

For the first time in decades Goleta is trying to maximize use of groundwater because of the drought. Groundwater definitely tastes different than Cachuma water that goes through the water treatment plant. Also Goleta staff have no experience with using a heavy mix of groundwater in their system.


 COMMENT 497082 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-22 05:43 PM

I don't think Goleta water district or any other has taped into ground water wells at this time, though I may be wrong.


 COMMENT 497134 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 07:24 AM

082 What is it with you Edhat posters who have to say something even though you acknowledge you don't know what you are talking about! Goleta is doing all it can to maximize groundwater production and the City of SB is greatly increasing its use as well. That is how we use groundwater in our communities. Again why post something when you don't have a clue. Very odd.


 COMMENT 497136P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 07:31 AM

No, haven't noticed any change here.


 COMMENT 497146 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 08:06 AM

Haven't noticed any change. Moved into Goleta last January.
So I have been monitoring our tap water carefully (wife is a water fanatic and claims can tell minute changes )

056: are you saying that Goleta and SB are mixing shallow water well groundwater (50ft or less) into our drinking water unprocessed? That seems dangerous and odd to me.
Not to mention that many of us with shallow water wells had to spend a fortune lately due to laws to prevent that exact same


 COMMENT 497153P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 08:53 AM

There's no way the Water District is going to send unprocessed water to its customers.


 COMMENT 497157 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 09:05 AM

Water is important. Take an independent water sample, and send it in for testing at an independent lab, without telling them what it is. Check for nitrates and phosphates and flouride.

Follow the scientific method. Google it.

Be sure to document the results and post them here on Edhat, so we can all see it, and nobody can sweep it under the carpet. They programmed us to think this is a free country - let's see it!

You can figure it out! I believe in you! You are the most awesome person in the world! (Affirmations. :-) )


 COMMENT 497162 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 09:21 AM

I wish we weren't forced to drink flouride!


 COMMENT 497164 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 09:40 AM

Get a cheap water test at the hardware store. It will confirm we are high in nitrates and nitrites from farm fertilizers.


 COMMENT 497171 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 10:09 AM

You can rent a Reverse Osmosis filter from Matilija Pure Water, or get a Brita filter, and the drinnking water will be fresh and much cleaner. Either one much less expensive than bottled. Just use the yucky water for bathing and washing. (You can also get a whole house filter but I have never had one.)


 COMMENT 497173 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 10:19 AM

I am a long time resident of Goleta and have not noticed any unusual tap water odors. You may have plumbing issues.


 HAROLDM agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 10:48 AM

I've noticed that my water has become cloudy (white-ish) when it comes out, but clears (of dissolved gas?) quickly This just started last week, maybe Tuesday and is still going on today, Sun 2/23.
Goleta water has a very high mineral content. We had ours tested at 15 grains hardness, while 10 is rated "extremely high." I personally like the taste and haven't noticed any particular odor.
I live beyond Isla Vista near Devereux slough (but our water comes from the GWD).


 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 11:08 AM

I don't use it for drinking, so haven't noticed.


 COMMENT 497196 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 12:47 PM

162, Santa Barbara does not fluoridate it's water.


 COMMENT 497243 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-23 05:36 PM

The managers are paid well, must be smart folks, so I bet they could tell you all the details:

September 23, 2010 By Indy Staff • General Manager John McInnes makes $196,789 a year.
• Assistant General Manager George Eowan makes $171,125 a year.
• Administration Manager/CFO Matthew Anderson makes $130,798 a year.
All three receive retirement through CalPERS


 COMMENT 497590 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-25 09:18 AM

The water company is not perfect, they can, and do, make mistakes. And mistakes will happen more frequently with the escalating self-absorbed population.


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