Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

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If your water from the tap in Goleta is not tasting all that great, which it never does due to the high level of salts, a new flavor might be involved...something from blue-green algae that is hard to remove.

Evidently, the high temperatures (thanks global warming!) over at the lake caused a bit of a bloom. Cyanobacteria can be harmful, but the water quality is reportedly meeting the secondary standards for taste and odor. They are treating water to try to reduce the contaminate. Read more at https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/what/index.html .

Sometimes, blue-green algae can be helpful, see https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-923/blue-green-algae .

However, I wish that they had informed the community of this so a call was not necessary to solve the mystery of the dirt/metal taste.

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chico berkeley Sep 27, 2020 01:44 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Never said send them anywhere.
Chico and Berkeley are actually nice places if you could cut the population in half.
Your attempt at humour is commendable.
When we were kids there was a water moratorium.
If we don't build it ,they won't come to overpopulate a place that is carrying 3x's the human load that SB can handle.
If you don't know how that affects water quality,then I can't help you.

Sail380 Sep 28, 2020 05:31 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

I get it. I was just thinking from your fist reply that had such helpful insight. Why would such a nice person be blaming it on there parents? You know TMPF

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 26, 2020 08:22 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

"thanks global warming!" Ironically, cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) photosynthesize, thus doing their tiny part to help remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 27, 2020 07:44 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Rain? Water vapor (and clouds) contribute about 75%, plus or minus, to the overall greenhouse effect. Compare that to the 20% or so that CO2 contributes and you'll have to agree that water has got to go---hey, hey, ho, ho.

a-1601265680 Sep 27, 2020 09:01 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

7:44 PM - Still pushing climate science denial myth #36

https://skepticalscience.com/water-vapor-greenhouse-gas.htm

Which you usually follow with myth #12

https://skepticalscience.com/co2-lags-temperature.htm

a-1601267234 Sep 27, 2020 09:27 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Don't feel too chagrinned at misunderstanding the climate science. It's common for people who have achieved some measure of success in a narrow field to develop a bit of intellectual arrogance, and come to believe that the problems encountered in other disciplines have simple solutions that experts in those fields have somehow failed to consider. It happens all the time, especially in anonymous fora.

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 27, 2020 09:16 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

09:01 PM - Still conflating INFINITE and FINTE potential wells with respect to QM phenomena? That was embarrassing.

Sun Sep 28, 2020 09:40 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

False.. chemicalsuperfreak....rain purifies the planet by allow trees to grow and absorb C02...oh and one important aspect of rain, it is vital for all life

surfergirl69 Sep 26, 2020 10:46 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Chico, followed your mywaterquality.gov link, and, oddly enough Santa Barbara County isn't even listed. (That's of 9/26 evening when I checked) . I have a Brita filter, which, I think is supposed to remove algae , and it is not helping at all recently. Before three weeks ago, the Brita was great. Very good tasting water. Now it is AWFUL !! The Goleta Water District fancy website has NOTHING about the recent issue......even though a customer service representative there told me that they have had many complaints recently , that they flushed a pipe, and that it should clear up if people run enough water. He said the problem was excess hard water...not algae. So....what the heck is going on ???? The GWD website says they have a meeting by telephone the public can access on Tues, Oct 6. There is also a public comment link. The website does have reports of water quality available....the most recent being.... GET THIS....April 2020. This is messed up, and whatever is in the water does not even taste like algae or minerals....more like a chemical. May even be something from the well supply .....who knows...need answers !!

a-1601199566 Sep 27, 2020 02:39 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Surfer- I agree with you. It does taste and smell bad. Where I work near Patterson and Hollister it smells like bleach. At home near Turnpike & Cathedral Oaks it doesn’t smell but tastes horrible. Really noticeable because I have a nasty ice chewing habit. This is going to break me of it for sure.

a-1601219441 Sep 27, 2020 08:10 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Watch that ice chewing habit could be a sign anemia
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/expert-answers/chewing-ice/faq-20057982

chico berkeley Sep 27, 2020 09:28 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Surfergirl-Ya,you need to change the filter more than you think.
Zero water filters do the same as Brita.
When they get enough $%^& in the filter medium,it starts its own algae bloom.
We used to eat blue-green algae as a supplement.
I don't think it worked,because we still got old and grey.(lol)

Minibeast Sep 27, 2020 11:10 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Chewing ice likely means you've come up against some monumental (in a bad way) type of stress in your life. I chewed ice for a full year after suffering a terrible loss. Then, one day, I stopped. If you can, you need to give up that bad habit, because ice chewing can and will damage the enamel on your teeth.

Sun Sep 27, 2020 07:58 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Cynobacteria is what killed 330 elephants at a water hole in Botswana https://news.yahoo.com/botswana-mystery-elephant-deaths-caused-123118870.html
Officials say a total of 330 elephants are now known to have died from ingesting cyanobacteria.
Scientists warn that climate change may be making these incidents - known as toxic blooms - more likely, because they favour warm water. Warning: Some people may find an image in the article upsetting

PitMix Sep 28, 2020 08:29 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

They weren't certain about that because they didn't see other animals die from drinking the water. Have that confirmed it now?

vvorker Sep 27, 2020 09:00 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

I told Bernstein that the Edhats have placed my account on lockdown, but here I go again.

Was at the lake camping and kayaked about the time of the last heat wave, I posted how it looked green and smelled a bit odd.
Also didn't they just have a drown there, I know the county needs the money from the campground, but maybe they need to cut back on the boats, I would make it a no motor lake, makes more sense!

Sail380 Sep 27, 2020 09:18 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Cant all be blamed on a changing climate. The algae need to feed on something.

What causes blue-green algae?
The nutrients that cause an algae “bloom” come from excess or misapplied lawn and agricultural fertilizers, runoff from pastures, feedlots, lawns and golf courses, discharges from non-regulated (residential) sewage treatment systems and many other sources of organic nutrients. Other factors that aid in the growth of algae include sunlight, warm weather, and low turbulence. According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) algal blooms are most common from May to October but may occur at all times of the year.

Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:33 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

It is true that big conventional agriculture run off causes algae blooms, this is noted by satellites maps https://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/march16/gulf-030905.html That is why organic farmers do not use synthetic fertilizers to produce healthier food. However, climate change is real and here now and it is intensifying problems at a much expansive manner. Denying climate change doesn't make it go away, it just makes it worse. Decades ago, scientists warned that climate change will increase and make more severe disease, droughts, fires, floods, food shortage, pests, storms, and poor air quality. We can all still help to reduce the impacts of climate change or we can do nothing and watch disaster after disaster unfold. It cost less to prevent or slow down climate change than it does to manage disasters after disaster caused by climate change.

oceandrew Sep 27, 2020 10:06 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Blue green algal blooms are becoming common in South Florida where the runoff from massive sugarcane plantations are seeping into Lake Okeechobee. Downstream these algal blooms are quite the nuisance both for boaters and swimmers but hardly for drinking supplies. Upstream of Lake Cachuma there are not the kind of agricultural monopolies that dominate Florida in fact there is no water to speak of to grow anything on an industrial scale upstream in the Santa Ynez River watershed. So thank you very much, anonymous poster, for your attempt to create a bit of outrage out of thin air.

PitMix Sep 28, 2020 10:07 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Here's a map of the areas that have problems. Google mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/where/freshwater_events.html. None in our area but who knows how often the sampling is done or the map updated.

PitMix Sep 28, 2020 10:06 AM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

We are thinking that the world's richest and most powerful nation can produce water that can be drunk from the tap. Maybe with some aesthetic probs but still healthy. Are we wrong?

surfergirl69 Sep 28, 2020 02:41 PM
Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water

Once again, the blue-green algae website doesn't even show anything about SB county. The GWD (Goleta water district) rep did not mention algae at all, he just talked about water hardness. He said they had cleared the pipes. BTW, SB and Goleta water are different, although both come from Lake Cachuma for the most part, they have other sources like local well water, state water, de-sal plants. How much , when , and where varies . A guess is that Goleta relies more on well water than SB, and that's why it tastes worse...usually. It has never been this bad though. Wish I knew what was happening. ......and, to the person that thought I might not be changing the Brita filter often enough,........I went through three filters in a week trying to figure out this mess. They are expensive too. I have used a Brita pitcher/filter system for 10 years with excellent results. Something is definitely messed up now.

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